Mr Bounderby realised that there was money missing from the bank. The first suspect was Stephen and he was found dead. Tom managed to escape Coketown with the help of his family.They helped him because they did not want their family name to be tarnished.
'I understand, sir' Dickens, C., 1969. Hard times (1854)
‘When you leave work of a night, between this and your going away, just hang about the Bank an hour or so, will you? Don’t take on, as if you meant anything, if he should see you hanging about there; because I shan’t put him up to speak to you, unless I find I can do you the service I want to do you. In that case he’ll have a note or a message for you, but not else. Now look here! You are sure you understand.’ Dickens, C., 1969. Hard times (1854) [kindle ed.]
ROLE OF WOMEN
And, Mrs. Gradgrind, ‘I should as soon have expected to find my children reading poetry.' Dickens, C., 1969. Hard times (1854
Tom and Louisa are caught as they were looking through at the circus. Mr Gradgrind asks them in front of Mrs Gradgrind...
‘We were peeping at the circus,’ Dickens, C., 1969. Hard times (1854
‘Dear me,’‘Don’t tell me that’s the reason, because it can’t be nothing of the sort,’ ‘Go and be somethingological directly.! Dickens, C., 1969. Hard times (1854
POWER OF THE MIDDLE CLASS
‘There is such a law but it’s not for you at all. It costs money. It costs a mint of money.’‘Why, you’d have to go to Doctors’ Commons with a suit, and you’d have to go to a court of Common Law with a suit, and you’d have to go to the House of Lords with a suit, and you’ have to get an Act of Parliament to enable you to marry again and it would cost you (if it was a case of very plain sailing), I suppose from a thousand to fifteen hundred pound,’ Dickens, C., 1969. Hard times (1854) [kindle ed.]
I were married on Eas’r Monday nineteen year sin,long and dree. She were a young lass - pretty enow - wi’ good accounts of herseln. Well! She went bad -soon. Not along ofme. Gonnows I were not a unkind husband to her. ‘show me the law to help me!’ Dickens, C., 1969. Hard times (1854). [kindle ed.]
People during this era believed that people should not commit crimes as it was seen as a direct insult to the queen herself. Inge, W.R., 2015. The Victorian Age. Cambridge University Press. Tom Gradgrind commits a crime at Mr Boundderby's bank and he gets Stephen involved.
Women had an inferior and a more domestic role in the society. Their role was to get married, bear children for their husbands, taking care of their households and to be blamed when the children had done something wrong. Inge, W.R., 2015. The Victorian Age. Cambridge University Press Mrs Gradgrind illustrates how women behaved during this era.
People who belonged to the middle and lower classes were underprivileged and their rights in society were limited. During this time, only those that had money were allowed to get divorced. Inge, W.R., 2015. The Victorian Age. Cambridge University Press. Stephen goes to Mr Bounderby for advice about his marriage