Hard Times

Hard Times

James Harthouse Character Analysis

A young, wealthy London gentleman, Mr. Harthouse is as bored and as pleasing as most men of his class tend to be, and he bends all his powers of pleasing and persuasion in trying to seduce. Louisa, when he sees what a fascinating, repressed, beautiful woman she is. His plans are thwarted when Louisa goes to her father's house instead of rendezvousing with him to elope, and Sissy, in her calm and pure way, confronts him the next day and succeeds in making him leave Coketown forever.

James Harthouse Quotes in Hard Times

The Hard Times quotes below are all either spoken by James Harthouse or refer to James Harthouse. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

‘Oh,' returned Tom, with contemptuous patronage, ‘she's a regular girl. A girl can get on anywhere. She has settled down to the life, and she don't mind. It does just as well as another. Besides, though Loo is a girl, she's not a common sort of girl. She can shut herself up within herself, and think — as I have often known her sit and watch the fire — for an hour at a stretch.'

Related Characters: Thomas Gradgrind, Jr. (Tom) (speaker), Louisa Gradgrind, James Harthouse
Page Number: 101
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Book 2, Chapter 7 Quotes

‘Your brother. My young friend Tom — '

Her colour brightened, and she turned to him with a look of interest. ‘I never in my life,' he thought, ‘saw anything so remarkable and so captivating as the lighting of those features!'

Related Characters: James Harthouse (speaker), Louisa Gradgrind, Thomas Gradgrind, Jr. (Tom)
Page Number: 127
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Book 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

But from this day, the Sparsit action upon Mr Bounderby threw Louisa and James Harthouse more together, and strengthened the dangerous alienation from her husband and confidence against him with another, into which she had fallen by degrees so fine that she could not retrace them if she tried.

Related Characters: Louisa Gradgrind, Josiah Bounderby, Mrs. Sparsit, James Harthouse
Page Number: 147
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Book 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

‘This night, my husband being away, he has been with me, declaring himself my lover. This minute he expects me, for I could release myself of his presence by no other means. I do not know that I am sorry, I do not know that I am ashamed, I do not know that I am degraded in my own esteem. All that I know is, your philosophy and your teaching will not save me. Now, father, you have brought me to this. Save me by some other means!'

Related Characters: Louisa Gradgrind (speaker), Thomas Gradgrind, Louisa Gradgrind, James Harthouse
Page Number: 164
Explanation and Analysis:

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James Harthouse Character Timeline in Hard Times

The timeline below shows where the character James Harthouse appears in Hard Times. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 2
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The young gentleman is none other than Mr. James Harthouse, usually called Jem, a young man who is affluent and bored out of his mind... (full context)
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Jem Harthouse finally snaps out of his boredom when he meets handsome, proud, cold Louisa. He senses... (full context)
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...rewarded when Tom comes home, and Louisa's impassive face breaks into a warm, beautiful smile. Harthouse inwardly takes note of this; apparently Tom is the only one she loves. Tom, for... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 3
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After dinner, Jem Harthouse takes Tom back to his hotel, and handing him a drink and a cigar, converses... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 5
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Stephen joins Mr. Bounderby, Louisa, Tom, and Mr. Harthouse in the Bounderbys' drawing room. Bounderby demands that Stephen reveal details of the newly formed... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 7
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Mr. Harthouse gets along well with Bounderby and the other "Hard Fact" fellows with his easy flattery,... (full context)
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Later, Harthouse meets Tom, and genially tells him that he ought to be more grateful to his... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 8
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The narrator reveals Mr. Harthouse's inner thoughts about this step in his relationship with Louisa; he isn't deliberately planning a... (full context)
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Riding home after a day of work, Harthouse encounters an upset Bounderby, who reveals that the Bank has been robbed! Only 150 pounds... (full context)
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...of "Mrs. Bounderby". That night, while Mrs. Sparsit comforts Bounderby at home, Louisa and Mr. Harthouse go for a walk outside. (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
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...to further this sense of alienation between Mr. Bounderby and Louisa, while Louisa and Mr. Harthouse silently draw closer together in their contempt of Bounderby. Mrs. Sparsit's flattery of Mr. Bounderby... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 10
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...contempt to his portrait when he is gone. Watching the progression of Louisa and James Harthouse's relationship, Mrs. Sparsit rather evilly gets it into her mind that Louisa is slowly descending... (full context)
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...of their conversations, which Mrs. Sparsit spies on through a window but can't overhear, Mr. Harthouse manages to persuade Louisa that Stephen, whom she thought to be a just man, may... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 11
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...to her place for lunch that day, and learns that Tom is to meet Mr. Harthouse at the train station that night. She asks him to tell Louisa that she will... (full context)
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...night, she spies on Tom at the train station, and seeing him waiting impatiently for Harthouse at the train station without Harthouse appearing, she instantly suspects that Tom's appointment is a... (full context)
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...woods around the Bounderby house. Sure enough, she is rewarded by the sight of Mr. Harthouse passionately professing his love for Louisa. Louisa orders him to leave her; but he refuses.... (full context)
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Mr. Harthouse leaves, and Louisa goes back to the house, only to set out again after a... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 12
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Mrs. Sparsit was wrong: Louisa has not gone to Coketown to meet Mr. Harthouse, but rather to Stone Lodge to see her father. As it continues to storm outside,... (full context)
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Louisa then reveals to him that Mr. Harthouse has declared his love for her, and she doesn't know if she loves him or... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 2
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James Harthouse doesn't know what to think of Louisa's failure to appear at their rendezvous in Coketown.... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 7
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...he's in now—for leaving him alone with Mr. Bounderby, and for making his friend Mr. Harthouse leave town. (full context)