Hard Times was first published as a serial in Charles Dickens’s weekly periodical Household Words in 37 chapters, which appeared over twenty weeks from 1 April 1854 to 12 August 1854. A complete volume was published in August. The novel was divided into three parts, ‘Sowing‘ (16 chapters), ‘Reaping‘ (12 chapters) and ‘Garnering‘ (9 chapters).
You can read all of the Charles Dickens novel Hard Times at The Circumlocution Office. Use the chapter links below to access that particular chapter. We have included some prominent quotations from our archive of quotations from the novel.
Book 2: Reaping.
CHAPTER 1. EFFECTS IN THE BANK.
Bk. 2, Ch. 1). Coketown bakes on a hot summer day.
CHAPTER 2. MR. JAMES HARTHOUSE.
CHAPTER 3. THE WHELP.
CHAPTER 4. MEN AND BROTHERS.
The orator having refreshed himself, wiped his corrugated forehead from left to right several times with his handkerchief folded into a pad, and concentrated all his revived forces, in a sneer of great disdain and bitterness.Hard Times (Bk.2, Ch. 4). Trade union organiser Slackbridge pauses during a passionate speech.
CHAPTER 5. MEN AND MASTERS.
Bk.2, Ch. 5). Josiah Bounderby dismisses the concerns of Stephen Blackpool.
CHAPTER 6. FADING AWAY.
CHAPTER 7. GUNPOWDER.
CHAPTER 8. EXPLOSION.
CHAPTER 9. HEARING THE LAST OF IT.
CHAPTER 10. MRS. SPARSIT’S STAIRCASE.
CHAPTER 11. LOWER AND LOWER.
CHAPTER 12. DOWN.