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Explore the presentation of Mrs Sparsit both here and elsewhere in the novel 'Hard Times'.

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Explore the presentation of Mrs Sparsit both here and elsewhere in the novel. In the novel 'Hard Times', Mrs Sparsit is the housekeeper for the very outspoken Mr Bounderby, who is always talking about how self made he is although throughout the book he story alters a bit to fit the mood of the particular chapter. Mrs Sparsit is not portrayed, as you would expect a housekeeper to be portrayed. The connotations of her job have no similarities to her personality. Mrs Sparsit herself has had trouble in the past, although she had the status of an upper class female she lost her status in society due to debts her husband left her with. Mrs Sparsit married Mr Sparsit but when he got addicted to gambling he got into so much debt that he ended up passing away with them over his head. In Book 1 we are introduced to Mrs Sparsit as Bounderby's housekeeper but then she starts to make many hints that she has a particular spot for Bounderby that she cannot talk about. ...read more.

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Also Bounderby depends on her for her womanly perspective on female issues. In Book 2, Mrs Sparsit becomes more significant and she is more constant through out the second book. She plays a more active role because she is sent to live in the bank because of the marriage and Mrs Sparsit is quite publicly annoyed so she decides that she is going to call Louisa by her first name and not her marriage name. She has so many objections against this marriage because she can see Louisa being a threat to her number one place in Bounderby's household, also she knows that she could be a better wife than Louisa therefore disagrees with this marriage but she will never get to show Bounderby what a wife she could be because of Louisa. Mrs Sparsit is so desperate to separate Bounderby and Louisa that she drives a wedge between them by commenting on every little detail about Louisa. In Book 2 Mrs Sparsit is sent to live in the bank Dickens' relights the whole fact vs. ...read more.

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Therefore he says to her 'I presume, that Mr Bounderby the banker does not reside in the edifice which I have the honour of offering this explanation?' It seems that Mrs Sparsit was placed in this particular part of the novel because she persistently follows Louisa and Harthouse that she finally ends up pushing Louisa to tell her father how unhappy she is with the marriage. Mrs Sparsit has been given the job of spying on people in the novel because she thinks that nobody would suspect an old housekeeper to be the town's gossiper, so she uses that to her advantage. Dickens has portrayed Mrs Sparsit in this particular way because he wanted Mrs Sparsit to see everybody miserable, as they had done when she was left with her husband's debt. So by her spying and interfering in Louisa's marriage and her relationship with Harthouse it is her opportunity to get Bounderby and be happy for once in her life but it does not work out like that for her. Hibak Botan 23rd January 2003 ...read more.

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