Hard Times

Why does Sissy Jupe’s response to her father’s absence surprise and astound Mr. Gradgrind?

i read the book but cant remeber why and now i cant find it

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Sissy's response was one of terror, and her announcement that she was going to search for her father at the Booth and would be back in a minute, once again appalled Gradagrind with its misrepresentation of fact. 

‘Father must have gone down to the Booth, sir.  I don’t know why he should go there, but he must be there; I’ll bring him in a minute!’  She was gone directly, without her bonnet; with her long, dark, childish hair streaming behind her.

‘What does she mean!’ said Mr. Gradgrind.  ‘Back in a minute?  It’s more than a mile off.’


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