The latter part of this speech was addressed to Mr. Gradgrind, who received it with a grave inclination of his head, and then remarked: ’The only observation I will make to you, Jupe, in the way of influencing your decision, is, that it is highly desirable to have a sound practical education, and that even your father himself (from what I understand) appears, on your behalf, to have known and felt that much.’
He did not speak again until they had walked some half-a-mile in silence, when he gravely broke out with: ’What would your best friends say, Louisa?
Stephen gravely shook his head.
…worse than it might be; that every man considered it incumbent on him to join the rest, towards the making of it better; that every man felt his only hope to be in his allying himself to the comrades by whom he was surrounded; and that in this belief, right or wrong (unhappily wrong then), the whole of that crowd were gravely, deeply, faithfully in earnest; must have been as plain to any one who chose to see what was there, as the bare beams of the roof and the whitened brick walls.
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Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
It was the day of the funeral and she was in a grave mood.