Hard Times Book I, Chapter 7: Summary and Analysis

Charles Dickens

Book I, Chapter 7: Summary and Analysis

Chapter 7: Mrs. Sparsit

New Characters:
Mrs. Sparsit: Bounderby’s housekeeper

Mr. Sparsit: the lady’s late husband

Lady Scadgers: her invalid great aunt

Summary
On the morning following Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. Bounderby’s eventful visit with the circus people, Mrs. Sparsit, an elderly widow who acts as Mr. Bounderby’s housekeeper, and who is regarded by him (and by herself) as having once been socially very much his superior, chats with her employer over breakfast. Bounderby tells Mrs. Sparsit about what he calls his friend Gradgrind’s “whim,” his proposal to take care of Sissy Jupe. Bounderby also mentions his own resolution to take...

(The entire section is 560 words.)