Quotations related to the character Estella from Great Expectations.

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.

I am what you have made me. Take all the praise, take all the blame; take all the success, take all the failure; in short, take me.

Background. "I am what you have made me. Take all the praise, take all the blame; take all the success, take all the failure; in short, take 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: We were seated by the fire, as just now described, and Miss Havisham [...]

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Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.

Background. "Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be." 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!’ [...]

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In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life.

Background. "In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 29). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip sums up his feelings for Estella. Taken from the opening passage in Chapter 29 of Great Expectations: Estella laughed, and looked at the shoe in her hand, and laughed again, and [...]

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Her light came along the dark passage like a star.

Background. "Her light came along the dark passage like a star." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context.  In this quotation the character Pip (as narrator) describes Estella as she walks towards him along a gloomy passageway at the decaying mansion of Miss Havisham, Satis House. Although the reference to 'her light ... like a star' is that from a candle, the fondness in [...]

Break their hearts my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy!

Background. "Break their hearts my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy!" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 12). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by Miss Havisham to Estella, as recalled by Pip (the narrator of the novel). Miss Havisham is a wealthy spinster who was jilted at the altar, an act which has driven her to live a reclusive life. She lives in [...]

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You may be certain that I laugh because they fail.

Background. "You may be certain that I laugh because they fail." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 33). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Estella who is talking to Pip. Estella shows her heartless attitude towards people, here explaining to Pip how she laughed at the misfortunes of visitors who came to see Miss Havisham. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 33 of Great Expectations: [...]

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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 the reclusive Miss Havisham. There, he meets Miss Havisham's ward Estella, who he thinks is very pretty and seemed very [...]

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I never had one hour’s happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death.

Background. "I never had one hour's happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death." 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 Pip, reflecting on his desire to spend his life with Estella. Estella has been sent to live in the house of [...]

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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 [...]

2018-09-11T18:07:21+00:00Categories: 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, [...]

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