"Thomas Gradgrind, sir. A man of realities. A man of fact and calculations.
A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing
over, and who is not to be talked into allowing anything over. Thomas Gradgrind,
sir - premptorily Thomas - Thomas Gradgrind. With a rule and a pair of scales,
and the multiplication table always in his pocket, sir, ready to weigh and
measure any parcel of human nature, and tell you exactly what it comes to.
It is a mere question of figures, a case of simple arithmetic."
- Charles Dickens