* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Hard Times

Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

Hard Times Book 2, Chapter 3 Summary

The Whelp

  • Tom definitely sees Harthouse as the cool, popular guy, and so is thrilled when Harthouse wants to chill with him.
  • Harthouse gets him drunk, gives him a cigar, and then starts to ask him questions about Louisa.
  • Tom volunteers every piece of information about his sister – pretty much just to look sort of cool in front of this total stranger.
  • Tom reveals:
    1. that Tom can get away with whatever he wants to because Louisa smoothes it over with Bounderby;
    2. that Louisa dislikes Bounderby, that she married him without feelings and only so that she could be useful to Tom;
    3. that Gradgrind raised his daughter to not have any normal emotions and to just try to be as rational as possible about everything;
    4. that Mrs. Sparsit is jealous of Louisa.
  • After the conversation, Tom passes out on Harthouse's couch. Harthouse pokes him awake with his boot and then kicks him out.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement