Comedic Relief in the Bleek Novel, Hard Times by Charles Dickens

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Sparsit. Mrs. Sparsit is the housekeeper

for Mr. Bounderby. Essentially she does all the work that a wife would do except she

has a lower status than a wife, but higher than a servant. Here in lies the problem

that she cannot deal with. Mrs. Sparsit came from a well-to-do family, but slipped in

the social rankings. To regain her pride, she attempts to sabotage Mr. Bounderby’s

marriage, but in doing so only makes her a fool. In this passage, a robbery has just

occurred and the townspeople are trying to figure out who the perpetrator is. As of

right now, they believe it is Stephen Blackpool. Shaken by the events, Mrs. Sparsit

stays at Mr. Bounderby’s house. The purpose of this passage is to show that it is not

Mr. Bounderby who is the fool, but rather Mrs. Sparsit, who does not seem to

understand that her actions against Bounderby do not have an impact on him at all.

What does Mr. Bounderby care about? Certainly not Mrs. Sparsit. Mr.

Bounderby is an egotistical man who only cares about his social status and money.

He married Louisa with the goal in mind to make her his trophy wife and to have

connections with Mr. Gradgrind – it has nothing to do with his emotional connection

with Louisa. Thus, Mrs. Sparsit’s “determination to pity Mr. Bounderby” is

completely futile. Mrs. Sparsit continues to attempt to please Mr.…

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