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Hard Times

Hard Times


by Charles Dickens

Hard Times: Symbols True or False

1. A giant pit of despair is the -> Old hell shaft
2. Taking pleasure in the misfortune of others is -> Schadenfreude
3. What contrasts the civilized and bestial worlds? -> Staircase
4. Bounderby's old standby is people are trying to -> Eat his meal
5. Louisa likes to stare at the -> Brick wall