1 Describe your father as a horsebreaker.
2 Her father thought so as he looked at her.
3 Mrs. Gradgrind, stunned as usual, collapsed and gave it up.
4 As soon as I was big enough to run away, of course I ran away.
5 Mr. Gradgrind, though hard enough, was by no means so rough a man as Mr. Bounderby.
6 Almost as soon as they could run alone, they had been made to run to the lecture-room.
7 Mrs. Gradgrind faintly looked at the tongs, as the most appropriate thing her imbecility could think of doing.
8 He stopped just as his eminently practical friend, still accompanied by the two young culprits, entered the room.
9 His skin was so unwholesomely deficient in the natural tinge, that he looked as though, if he were cut, he would bleed white.
10 Almost as they did so, there came running round the corner of the street at a quick pace and with a frightened look, a girl whom Mr. Gradgrind recognized.
11 By nonsense he meant fancy; and truly it is probable she was as free from any alloy of that nature, as any human being not arrived at the perfection of an absolute idiot, ever was.
12 Miss Josephine Sleary, as some very long and very narrow strips of printed bill announced, was then inaugurating the entertainments with her graceful equestrian Tyrolean flower-act.
13 It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it; but as matters stood, it was a town of unnatural red and black like the painted face of a savage.
14 His pride in having at any time of his life achieved such a great social distinction as to be a nuisance, an incumbrance, and a pest, was only to be satisfied by three sonorous repetitions of the boast.
15 Thomas Gradgrind took no heed of these trivialities of course, but passed on as a practical man ought to pass on, either brushing the noisy insects from his thoughts, or consigning them to the House of Correction.
16 Indeed, as he eagerly sparkled at them from the cellarage before mentioned, he seemed a kind of cannon loaded to the muzzle with facts, and prepared to blow them clean out of the regions of childhood at one discharge.
17 No little Gradgrind had ever associated a cow in a field with that famous cow with the crumpled horn who tossed the dog who worried the cat who killed the rat who ate the malt, or with that yet more famous cow who swallowed Tom Thumb: it had never heard of those celebrities, and had only been introduced to a cow as a graminivorous ruminating quadruped with several stomachs.
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