Pip

When I heard the Sunday bells, and looked around a little more upon the outspread beauty, I felt that I was not nearly thankful enough.

Background. "When I heard the Sunday bells, and looked around a little more upon the outspread beauty, I felt that I was not nearly thankful enough!" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 57). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip reflects on his life and ungratitude. Having gained a fortune, and lost it along with a new circle of friends, he is taken back to the simplier days of his [...]

2018-04-30T12:26:56+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

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: , , |

The bellows seemed to roar for the fugitives.

Background. "The bellows seemed to roar for the fugitives." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 5). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Dickens shows Pip's fear of the forge. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 5 of Great Expectations: As I watched them while they all stood clustering about the forge, enjoying themselves so much, I thought what terrible good sauce for a dinner my fugitive friend on the marshes was. [...]

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I work pretty hard for a sufficient living.

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 Pip in a conversation with Estella at the end of the novel Great Expectations. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 59 of [...]

2018-05-02T10:24:03+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

Tell me of my ingratitude. Don’t be so good to me!

Background. "Tell me of my ingratitude. Don’t be so good to me!" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 57). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip tells Joe to tell him how ungrateful he has been towards him. Pip, having lost his fortune and friends, is alone and feeling ill at his lodgings. He wakes to find his good-natured brother-in-law Joe Gargery has come to nurse him back to health, despite Pip [...]

2018-03-21T09:37:42+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

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 time with Estella. Estella has been sent to live in the house of Mrs. [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:25+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

I began fully to know how wrecked I was.

Background. "I began fully to know how wrecked I was." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 39). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip reflects on how his ambitions have changed. he now finds himself harboring a wanted man, and his dreams of marrying Estella have been shattered. The quote comes at the end of Volume 2 of Great Expectations. Volume 2 started with Pip moving to London to start [...]

2018-05-10T20:02:48+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: , , |

You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with.

Background. "You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 44). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip tells Estella his true feelings for her after she reveals she is going to marry Bentley Drummle. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 44 of Great Expectations.  After revealing that marriage preparations are already in place Estella tells Pip [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:21+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

What would it signify to me, being coarse and common, if nobody had told me so!

Background. "What would it signify to me, being coarse and common, if nobody had told me so!" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 17). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quotation is said by Pip in a conversation with Biddy. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 17 of Great Expectations: “Biddy,” I exclaimed, impatiently, “I am not at all happy as I am. I am disgusted with my calling [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:20+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

We need never be ashamed of our tears.

Background. "We need never be ashamed of our tears." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 19). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. This quotation, said by the character Pip, is taken from the following passages of Chapter 19: I walked away at a good pace, thinking it was easier to go than I had supposed it would be, and reflecting that it would never have done to have had [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:16+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty.

Background. "While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 20). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip reflects on newly arriving in London.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:14+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |