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Book II, Chapter 9: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is Mrs. Sparsit always smoothing?

2. “Serve you right, you Noodle, and I am glad of it” is said by what character, and what does it mean?

3. The train to and from Bounderby’s country retreat passes over what kind of countryside?

4. Why does Dickens speak of Bitzer as a “fit servitor” at death’s door?

5. What “idol” has presided grimly over Louisa’s childhood?

6. Where is Mr. Gradgrind while his wife lies dying?

7. To whom has Louisa “never softened” since leaving home?

8. With what kind of feeling does Louisa go to see her mother?

9. With what “strange speech” does Mrs. Gradgrind answer her daughter’s question as to whether she is in pain?

10. About what does Louisa experience a “rising feeling of resentment” as she stands by her mother’s deathbed?

Answers
1. Mrs. Sparsit is always...

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