Mrs. Sparsit is Bounderby's middle-aged housekeeper. She was born into money and a high ranking family. Bounderby loves to play up this history. She is jealous of Louisa and, after Bounderby and Louisa are married, Mrs. Sparsit looks for any opportunity to bring Louisa down.
What exactly does a house-keeper do? Well, a rich, middle-class man like Bounderby couldn't really be bothered with his house, which would usually have had a bunch of servants doing the things that we have electrical appliances for. The person who managed the servants was either a wife, or in the case of a single man, a female housekeeper. The housekeeper was crucial to a well-run household, but her ambiguous rank in the house could cause a lot of problems. Think about it – what exactly is such a woman's position? She's kind of a wife, because she only works in a house where there is no wife. But, she's also kind of a servant – she can be fired, while a wife can't be gotten rid of that easily. She is higher in rank than the servants because she orders them around, but she is still lower than the house owner because he pays her a salary. So, what exactly is her rank and station? No one quite knew, and so there's lots of confusion and resentment whenever a housekeeper is in the picture. (Actually, same goes for governesses – check out Jane Eyre and Vanity Fair.)
That said, Mrs. Sparsit is a housekeeper with her eyes squarely on the prize. She wants to marry Bounderby and become a wife. Bounderby, on the other hand, has his eyes set on the bragging rights of having Mrs. Sparsit as his servant. Just as he makes up his own background, he gradually invents hers, telling everyone that she comes from the noblest of the nobility. Therein lies the confusion we mentioned. Now for the resentment. After Bounderby marries Louisa, Mrs. Sparsit makes it her mission to undermine and destroy the marriage and to catch Louisa in the act of adultery.
At the same time, Mrs. Sparsit is one of the more comic characters, useful for lightening the mood every now and again in this bleak novel. But, truthfully? Tastes in humor change over time. So, take it from us when we say that the scene of Mrs. Sparsit hauling Mrs. Pegler along is meant to be super hilarious.
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MRS. sparsit is an elderly lady who is highly connected and have a huge aristpcratic bvackground. her husband belonged to the family of “POWERLS”. Scadgers…. she is a widow now, fallen yupon evil days to take up job. She works as a housekeeper olf mr. Josiah Bounderby. bounderby treats her in the most polite manner and never fails to pay compliments and regards to her excellent background. Mrs. Sparsit is very much proud of her coonnectipons. The jnovelist descxribes her as a p;erson haveing dense black Coriolanian eyebrows and a thick roman nose with classical eyes.. o stress on her aristocratic background in a satirical way. dickens have also mafde her the object of satire with reference to her pride and vanity for her high connections. It is because of this pride that sjhe shares her employers contempt for the workers. It is due to this disdain she treats Stephen Blackpool with total lack of symparthy when he comes tp Bounderby to discuss his matrimonial troubles. she even regards him as an “Impiety of people”. Bounderby’s decesipn top marry Loiusa ; Gradgrind’s daughter is obviously unfavourable to MRs.
Sparsits, bu t she dint utterd a word against it,. Bounderby was aware of her dissaproval regarding his marrige so hi took a bottle of smelling salts witrh him under the impression that she wou;d faint on hearing the unwelcomed news. But to the utter surprise of Bounderby she saw no sign of trouble or dissaproval on her face. Instead she looked at him in a pityful manner and extended her goodwishes to bounderby. BOunderby seems to understand mrs. sparsit well therefore he asserted at once dat his housekeeper woyuld not be abel to beer the site of hiss would be wife.
Author: Brandon Johnson