In Hard times Dickens continually argues that "fancy" (imagination) is needed for reason to exist; this desire is reflected through the idea that there needs to be the right balance between Fact and Fancy. He argues that divisions between fact and fancy are false, and focusing on one of them can be very dangerous. As in the words of Elaine Ostry in the book Social Dreaming "Without imagination, reason becomes distorted; it becomes a warped image of fancy. It becomes more than illogical; it becomes destructive." In Hard Times Dickens underlines the problems with a utilitarian education system through the use of his characterisation and language but does not offer practical means of changing it.