Study Guide

Hard Times Book 1, Chapter 1

By Charles Dickens

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Book 1, Chapter 1

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.

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