Obviously if Sissy's father works in "the horseriding"
      she knows a few things about horses.  Her knowledge is
      experiential.  When she describes elsewhere her little
      friend the circus dog Merrylegs, the reader can see
      that Sissy also has warm feelings towards the animals.
      Why does Mr. Gradgrind find the kind of knowledge that
      Sissy has of no use?

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