The Question and Answer section for Hard Times is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I'm not sure what you mean by "inner core".
There are numerous similes contained in the provided description.
.....it was a town of unnatural red and black like the painted face of a savage.
It had a black canal in it, and a river that ran purple with ill-smelling dye, and vast piles of...
I'm sorry, this is a short answer forum designed for text specific questions.