Claiming to be a self-made man grants Mr. Sparsit, who perceive him to be an insolent person.
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Bounderby considers the marriage invalidated and starts living again as a single man. Trying again to be useful, Mrs. Sparsit instead uncovers Bounderby's actual mother, Mrs. Pegler, who refutes his stories about his childhood.
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The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Josiah Bounderby falsely claims his success in life was a result of his hard work and never receiving help from anyone in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times.
Claiming to be a self-made man grants Mr. Bounderby wide admiration in Coketown, with the exception of Tom and Louisa Gradgrind and Mrs. Hard Times study guide contains a biography of Charles Dickens, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a .