Estella

Estella Havisham (best known in literature simply as Estella) is a significant character in the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations.

 

Though she never knows it herself, Estella is the child of the lawyer Jaggers’s maidservant Molly, a gypsy at that time, and Abel Magwitch.

She put the mug down on the stones of the yard.

Background. "She put the mug down on the stones of the yard." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote shows Estella's contempt towards 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 [...]

2018-05-16T11:44:52+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , |

He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!

Background. "He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. 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 [...]

2018-05-16T11:49:53+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , |

Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?

Background. "Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 38). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quote said by Estella to Pip. At a dance, Pip express his concerns to Estella about the advances of the scoundrel Bentley Drummle towards her, using the phrase "hovering about you all night". Estella, as ever cold-hearted towards Pip, [...]

2018-05-07T05:36:23+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.

Background. "I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 59). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 59 of Great Expectations, in which Estella is talking to Pip about their friendship: "But you said to me, returned Estella, very earnestly, “God bless you, God forgive you!’ And if you could say [...]

2018-04-15T20:49:22+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.

Background. "There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 59). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quotation is said by Estella in a conversation with Pip at the end of the novel Great Expectations. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 59 of [...]

2018-05-02T10:19:54+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

Background. "I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 38). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Estella. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 38 of Great Expectations: Estella looked at her for a moment with a kind of calm wonder, but was [...]

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