The son of Louise Bentley and John Hardy, David has a troubled childhood due to his parents’ strained marriage. His mother behaves erratically and is only affectionate toward David on one occasion when he tries to run away from home. At twelve, David goes to live with his grandfather Jesse Bentley on the family farm. David’s rough upbringing has left him timid and afraid of nearly everything, but his presence brightens the lives of everyone on the Bentley farm. David stays on the farm until he is fifteen, when he is traumatized by Jesse’s attempted sacrifice of a lamb. He hits Jesse with a slingshot and, believing that he has killed his grandfather, flees the Bentley farm and never sees his family again.
David Hardy Character Timeline in Winesburg, Ohio
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8. Godliness, Part II
...story of Jesse’s daughter Louise Bentley, her husband John Hardy, and their son (Jesse’s grandson) David Hardy. David’s childhood has been unhappy thus far, as Louise’s bad temper, erratic behavior, and... (full context)
9. Godliness, Part III: Surrender
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