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Give me your definition of a horse Pg 3 says the eminently practical Mr Thomas Gradgrind of Charles Dickens unforgettable novel Hard Times Can anybody really define a horse Cecilia Jupe also known as Sissy was unable to answer this question because she was well normal Bitzer the boy brought up in Coketown the city of facts answered Quadruped Graminivorous Forty teeth namely twenty-four grinders four eye-teeth and twelve incisive Pg 4 Clearly the contrast between Sissy and Bitzer can be seen The differences between Bitzer and Sissy are shown not only in their definitions of a horse but also in their physical appearance personality background and the different philosophies that they each represent fact and fancy From the very beginning Dickens had made it clear to the reader that Sissy represents fancy and Bitzer represents facts He uses the two characters in many ways to portray the differences between fact and fancy One way of doing this is describing Sissy and Bitzers physical appearance Dickens has a tendency to make his characters physical appearance reflect their personalities This is true for both Sissy and Bitzer Sissy is described as vibrant and full of dark rich colors She glows with passion and kindness Bitzer on the other hand is described as a very pale boy He seems cold and emotionless with light colored eyes and light colored hair While Sissy seems to have an aura of goodness Bitzer does not He is emotionless Even in the setting of a classroom the differences in appearance between Sissy and Bitzer are apparent for Sissy being at the corner of a row on the sunny side came in for the beginning of a sunbeam of which Bitzer being at the corner of a row on the other side a few rows in advance caught the end Sissy seemed to receive a deeper and more lustrous colour from the sun when it shone upon her while the same sunbeam
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