Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio

by

Sherwood Anderson

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The son of the Hardy family who Louise Bentley goes to live with as a teenager. He has a love affair with Louise and marries her when she fears she may be pregnant. After the pregnancy turns out to be a false alarm, Louise feels trapped in the marriage and grows resentful of John. As an adult, John becomes a successful banker in Winesburg. When he and Louise have their son David, John is upset by the way Louise neglects him. He agrees to let David go live with his grandfather Jesse Bentley at twelve years old. A few years later, John spends part of his amassed wealth trying to find David after he runs away from the farm and disappears.

John Hardy Quotes in Winesburg, Ohio

The Winesburg, Ohio quotes below are all either spoken by John Hardy or refer to John Hardy. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of Winesburg, Ohio published in 1993.
9. Godliness, Part III: Surrender Quotes

It seemed to her that between herself and all the other people in the world, a wall had been built up and that she was living just on the edge of some warm inner circle of life that must be quite open and understandable to others. She became obsessed with the thought that it wanted but a courageous act on her part to make all of her association with people something quite different, and that it was possible by such an act to pass into a new life as one opens a door and goes into a room.

Page Number: 73
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John Hardy Character Timeline in Winesburg, Ohio

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8. Godliness, Part II
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...generations into the future to tell the 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,... (full context)
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...good place for her son. David’s departure creates a “sharp break” in Louise’s life and John is content that his wife’s temper has calmed down in their son’s absence. David’s presence... (full context)
9. Godliness, Part III: Surrender
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Alienated by the Mary and Harriet, Louise decides she will befriend their brother John Hardy. Louise becomes obsessed with the idea of connecting with the young man, believing that... (full context)
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After John acknowledges Louise while dropping off firewood in her room, she calls out to him out... (full context)
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A few days later, John finally comes to Louise’s window and the two have sex. John and Louise become lovers... (full context)
10. Godliness, Part IV: Terror
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...away as a punishment for Jesse’s greed. Eventually Jesse and Louise both die. David’s father John becomes rich, trying and failing to find his son using his wealth. (full context)