Background.

Great Expectations
  • A burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion, with an exceedingly large head, and a corresponding large hand” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 11).

Context.

Description of the lawyer Mr. Jaggers by Pip, upon the first encounter of the two at Satis House (the home of Miss Havisham).

Image of Mr. Jaggers. An important lawyer, this image shows clients quite literally hanging onto his coattails.
Mr. Jaggers. An important lawyer, this image shows clients quite literally hanging onto his coattails.

Character Profile: Jaggers.

Mr. Jaggers is a prominent London lawyer with a number of clients involved in both criminal and civil matters. They include Abel Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Pip first encounters Jaggers on a visit to Satis House as a boy. Later in the story, Jaggers will visit Pip and Joe Gargery at the forge to deliver the good news that he is to become a gentleman. Jaggers becomes Pip’s guardian whilst he is in London, responsible for managing the affairs of Pip’s mysterious benefactor. By the end of the story, his law practice links many of the characters.

Source.

Taken from the following passage in Chapter 11 of Great Expectations:

He was a burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion, with an exceedingly large head, and a corresponding large hand. He took my chin in his large hand and turned up my face to have a look at me by the light of the candle. He was prematurely bald on the top of his head, and had bushy black eyebrows that wouldn’t lie down but stood up bristling. His eyes were set very deep in his head, and were disagreeably sharp and suspicious. He had a large watch-chain, and strong black dots where his beard and whiskers would have been if he had let them. He was nothing to me, and I could have had no foresight then, that he ever would be anything to me, but it happened that I had this opportunity of observing him well.

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