He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!

Background.

Great Expectations

itemHe calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 8).

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

 

 

Context.

item This quote said by Estella to Pip. Pip, the narrator and main character of Great Expectations has started to pay visits to the house of Miss Havisham. There, he meets Miss Havisham’s ward Estella, who he thinks is “very pretty and seemed very proud”. Estella is very condescending towards the young Pip who she views as just a common boy. This is demonstrated here when the two play cards together and Estella mocks Pip for using the words Jacks in a card that she has been brought up to call Knaves.

item Taken from the following passage in Chapter 8 of Great Expectations:

“What do you play, boy?” asked Estella of myself, with the greatest disdain.

“Nothing but beggar my neighbour, miss.”

“Beggar him,” said Miss Havisham to Estella. So we sat down to cards.

It was then I began to understand that everything in the room had stopped, like the watch and the clock, a long time ago. I noticed that Miss Havisham put down the jewel exactly on the spot from which she had taken it up. As Estella dealt the cards, I glanced at the dressing-table again, and saw that the shoe upon it, once white, now yellow, had never been worn. I glanced down at the foot from which the shoe was absent, and saw that the silk stocking on it, once white, now yellow, had been trodden ragged. Without this arrest of everything, this standing still of all the pale decayed objects, not even the withered bridal dress on the collapsed form could have looked so like grave-clothes, or the long veil so like a shroud.

So she sat, corpse-like, as we played at cards; the frillings and trimmings on her bridal dress, looking like earthy paper. I knew nothing then of the discoveries that are occasionally made of bodies buried in ancient times, which fall to powder in the moment of being distinctly seen; but, I have often thought since, that she must have looked as if the admission of the natural light of day would have struck her to dust.

He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!” said Estella with disdain, before our first game was out. “And what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots!”

I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before; but I began to consider them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.

She won the game, and I dealt. I misdealt, as was only natural, when I knew she was lying in wait for me to do wrong; and she denounced me for a stupid, clumsy labouring-boy.

 

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