It describes the life of the citizens in an industrial town whilst covering family values, the education system and the plight of workers. Tom Gradgrind is the eldest son of Mr Gradgrind and through him Dickens shows the impact of a factual childhood. He also thinks that everybody hates him, which could account for his selfish attitude, his disrespect and disregard for others and his careless way of life. Book two also brings about the entrance of James Harthouse who is to have a great impact on Louisas life and also Toms. Harthouse notices Louisas affection for Tom and he uses it to find a way into her heart.