Hard-Hearted Harriet


In Victorian times, Harriet Bond discovers she is living on borrowed time with an incurable illness. She devotes her remaining time to finding good homes for her brothers and sisters. To make them want to leave her, she pretends to turn hard hearted and unloving.



  • Artist: Dudley Wynne
  • The reprint in M&J wrongly claimed the story first appeared in Mandy in 1979 when in fact it appeared in Tracy. Although Mandy did have a very similar story “The Girl Who Gave Babies Away”


  • Hard-Hearted Harriet – Tracy:  #01 (06  Oct. 1979) – #13 (29 Dec. 1979)
  • Reprinted – Tracy: #213 (29 October 1983) – #225 (21 January 1984)
  • Reprinted (as Mandy classic) – M&J:   #74 (10 October 1992) – #87 (9 January 1993)

21 thoughts on “Hard-Hearted Harriet

  1. Hard-Hearted Harriet started in M&J 74 (Oct. 10 1992). However, despite its assertion that it first appeared in Mandy in 1979, the fact is that it never appeared in Mandy at any time. Wherever it did appear, probably in Judy, it was seriously influenced by the serial The Girl who Gave Babies Away in Mandy 732 (?) (Jan. 24 1981) – 747 (May 9 1981), but although the plots and outcomes are similar, they are definitely two different stories.

  2. Readers of M&J in October 1992 were misled regarding the original appearance of Hard-Hearted Harriet because it actually appeared in Tracy 1 (Oct. 6 1979) – 13 (Dec. 29 1979), not in Mandy.

  3. Hard Hearted Harriet was definitely a story in Tracy, not Mandy or Judy. As a child I purchased Tracy and Bunty comics every week and remember this story well.

    1. As the M&J slot only referred to the reprints as Judy/Mandy classics, I guess they could not say the story originally appeared in Tracy. They did not say “Lady Sarah’s Secret” originally appeared in Emma, only that it was a Judy classic. But both stories were reprinted in Mandy or Judy before being reprinted in the classics.

    2. It was in Bunty. I remember it well and was hoping they’d made a mistake or she’d gave a miraculous recovery. Definitely Bunty.

      1. Although I haven’t a complete list of Bunty stories, I have not come across Hard-Hearted Harriet in that publication, only in Tracy and M&J.

        There were similar type stories (a couple in Mandy) so possibly one with same theme also appeared in Bunty.

    1. Julie, please read the comment that I posted above about this story on February 4th 2015, and maybe in future you could consider checking all previous posts on whichever story you are contemplating making a comment. That way you will be saving yourself from embarrassment.

      1. I can’t find the comment you are referring too. Can you explain what I should/need to be embarrassed about please?

  4. Can anyone remember what happened at the end of Hard Hearted Harriet? Did she miraculously survive, or did she die?

    1. Harriet Bond is suffering from an incurable illness, and knows she hasn’t long to live. She now has to find suitable and loving homes for her younger brothers and sisters, Alice, Ben, Johnny and Katie, and even for her recently-orphaned cousins, Sarah and Danny. On Christmas Day Harriet goes to see her siblings’ new homes but does not reveal her presence to them. When she gets back home she collapses on the floor. Ben immediately wakes up, somehow aware that something has happened to Harriet, and insists on going round to check on her. When he sees that she has collapsed, Ben runs for a doctor, but it is all to no avail. Her brothers and sisters would have stayed with her if they had known how ill she was, but despite knowing that she is dying, Harriet is happy that she has found good homes for all her brothers and sisters, and can now therefore die in peace.

  5. I’d love to read this again. I think the ending is something along the lines of Harriett closing her eyes and saying “Mama, Papa, I am coming to you”. I kept it for years, but I moving to Australia it had to go.

    1. We had six weeks to move and a house to clear, a baby and us. Every bit of space was precious and we didn’t ship any furniture, arrived with suitcases only. It was only a two year contract. Most things went into storage and unfortunately were destroyed by rouge mice – lost a lot of things. We are still in Australia 24 years later.

      1. Thank you for the reply, Kate. I’m delighted that you took the trouble. I do know a fair bit about Australia, New South Wales specifically, but I’m aware of many cities and smaller towns in most other states, although not too many in Tasmania. On the other hand, I’ve never heard of ‘rouge mice’. You do appear to have forgiven them though!!

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