"Hard Times" is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book surveys English society and satirises the social and economic conditions of the era.

Cecilia (Sissy) Jupe is one of the main characters in the Charles Dicken's novel "Hard Times". She is a circus girl of Sleary's circus, as well as a student of Mr. Thomas Gradgrind's (school board Superintendent) very strict classroom. Sissy has her own set of values and beliefs which make her seem unintelligent in the Gradgrind household. At the end of the novel, when the Gradgrinds' philosophy of religiously adhering solely to facts breaks down, Sissy is the character who teaches them how to live.

Sissy Jupe is first introduced to the readers as Girl Number Twenty in Gradgrind's classroom. She struggles to keep up with Gradgrind's extreme reliance on the recitation of facts, and therefore is seen as not worthy of the school. Sissy is also representative of creativity and wonderment because of her circus background, and those were things that the Gradgrind children were not allowed to engage in. With the urging of Josiah Bounderby (business associate of Mr. Gradgrind), Mr. Gradgrind goes to inform Sissy's father that she can no longer attend his school.

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