I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.

Background.

itemI know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 26).

item Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.

 

 

Context.

item Thus quote is Pip’s initial impression of Jaggers‘ housekeeper, Molly.

item Taken from the following passage in Chapter 26 of Great Expectations:

I was looking at the two, when there came between me and them the housekeeper, with the first dish for the table.

She was a woman of about forty, I supposed,—but I may have thought her younger than she was. Rather tall, of a lithe nimble figure, extremely pale, with large faded eyes, and a quantity of streaming hair. I cannot say whether any diseased affection of the heart caused her lips to be parted as if she were panting, and her face to bear a curious expression of suddenness and flutter; but I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.

She set the dish on, touched my guardian quietly on the arm with a finger to notify that dinner was ready, and vanished.

item Charles Dickens was a big fan of William Shakespeare and often used references to his works in his own writings.

 

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