Skills and Content
Published: Sunday, 16 December 2012 15:35
'Bitzer,' said Thomas Gradgrind. 'Your definition of a horse.'
'Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring; in marshy countries, sheds hoofs, too. Hoofs hard, but requiring to be shod with iron. Age known by marks in mouth.' Thus (and much more) Bitzer.
'Now girl number twenty,' said Mr. Gradgrind. 'You know what a horse is.'
Many people will recognise this famous scene from ’Hard Times’, one of my favourite Dickens tales, featuring Thomas Gradgrind, a caricature of some strands of Victorian thought.
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