’You are not, Cecilia Jupe,’ Thomas Gradgrind solemnly repeated, ’to do anything of that kind.’
’Twere a solemn promess.
Gradgrind,’ said her husband, solemnly, ’what do you mean?’
Standing hand-in-hand, they both looked down upon the solemn countenance.
…and your children’s children yet unborn have set their infant hands and seals, I propose to you on the part of the United Aggregate Tribunal, ever watchful for your welfare, ever zealous for your benefit, that this meeting does Resolve: That Stephen Blackpool, weaver, referred to in this placard, having been already solemnly disowned by the community of Coketown Hands, the same are free from the shame of his misdeeds, and cannot as a class be reproached with his dishonest actions!’