Hard Times

Hard Times


Charles Dickens

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Mrs. Pegler Character Analysis

Mrs. Pegler is Mr. Bounderby's mother who took as much care of her son as the most loving mothers of the world ever did. Mr. Bounderby, who wishes to perpetuate the story that he is an entirely self-made man, tells her never to contact him in public and goes around telling everyone that his mother deserted him at a young age to his drunken grandmother (he never had a drunken grandmother, either). She spends most of the book as a mysterious old woman who hangs around Mr. Bounderby's factory from time to time, inquiring after his well-being, but her true identity is accidentally revealed by Mrs. Sparsit at the end of the book.
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Mrs. Pegler Character Timeline in Hard Times

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Pegler appears in Hard Times. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 6
Fact vs. Fancy Theme Icon
...old woman he met the last time he was at Bounderby's house, whose name is Mrs. Pegler . Stephen and Rachael politely make conversation with the mysterious old woman, who again makes... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 4
Industrialism and Its Evils Theme Icon
...members of the union that they were right to shun Stephen. The mysterious old woman, Mrs. Pegler , who was seen walking with him and Rachael and who was sighted hanging around... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 5
Femininity Theme Icon
...they see an excited Mrs. Sparsit pull up in a coach, accompanied by a distraught Mrs. Pegler . Mrs. Sparsit drags the woman out of the coach and into Bounderby's house, and... (full context)