Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Hard Times – Book the First: Sowing: Chapters 1–4

Now what I want is Facts. (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary — Chapter 1: The One Thing Needful In an empty schoolroom, a dark-eyed, rigid man emphatically expresses to the schoolmaster and another adult his desire for children to be taught facts, saying that “nothing else will ever be of any service to them.” Summary …

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Hard Times – Book the First: Sowing: Chapters 5–8

Summary — Chapter 5: The Key-note On their way to find Sissy’s father, Gradgrind and Bounderby walk through the dark, smoky streets of Coketown, passing a number of identically shaped buildings made from identical dirty red bricks. Soon they meet Sissy Jupe herself, who is being chased by the bullying Bitzer. Sissy, a dutiful and …

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Hard Times – Book the First: Sowing: Chapters 13–16

Thou art an Angel. Bless thee, bless thee! (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary — Chapter 13: Rachael When Stephen finally returns to his room, he is shocked to find Rachael sitting next to his bedridden wife, tending to what appears to be a serious illness. Rachael tells Stephen to go to sleep in the chair. …

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Hard Times – Book the Third: Garnering: Chapters 1–4

Summary — Chapter 1: Another Thing Needful In her bed at Stone Lodge, Louisa recuperates from her trauma. Her father remorsefully pledges his support but acknowledges that he does not really know how to help her because he himself has never learned “the wisdom of the Heart.” Sissy lovingly vows to help Louisa learn how …

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Hard Times – Book the Third: Garnering: Chapters 5–9

Summary — Chapter 5: Found Sissy visits Rachael every night as they wait for news of Stephen. One night, as they are walking past Bounderby’s house, they see Mrs. Sparsit dragging Mrs. Pegler into the house. Mrs. Sparsit tells Bounderby she has found the old woman, who was seen in Blackpool’s apartment before the robbery, …

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Hard Times – Book the Second: Reaping: Chapters 9–12

Summary — Chapter 9: Hearing the Last of It Mrs. Sparsit continues to lurk around the Bounderby estate, flattering Bounderby’s pride and worming her way into his good graces. She also observes shrewdly that Louisa spends a great deal of time with James Harthouse. It is not long, however, before this new pattern is interrupted: …

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