by Charles Dickens
Hard Times Book 1, Chapter 1 Summary
The One Thing Needful
- In a long speech, Thomas Gradgrind tells the teacher Mr. M'Choakumchild (nice name, right?) to teach only facts and nothing but facts to his students.
- Gradgrind is described as a man who is totally square – not in a "hip to be square" way, but actually square-shaped.