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I began fully to know how wrecked I was.

Background. “I began fully to know how wrecked I was.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 39). 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 39 of Great Expectations: My […]

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We need never be ashamed of our tears.

Background. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.” is a quotation taken 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 […]

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My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

Background. “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.” is a quotation from the novel Great Expectations (Chapter 1). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel […]

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Scattered wits take a long time picking up.

Background. “Scattered wits take a long time picking up.” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 17). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. This quote comes from the followig passages towards the end of Chapter 17 of Great Expectations, and are said by the character Pip: […]

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Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

Background.  “Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 27). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip regretfully reflects after he scorned Joe in order not […]

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We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people made up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did.

Background. “We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people made up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and […]

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It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.

Background. “It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 14). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Taken from the following opening passages of Chapter 14 of Great Expectations: It is a most miserable thing to […]

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All other swindlers on Earth are nothing to the self swindlers.

Background. “All other swindlers on Earth are nothing to the self swindlers.” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 28). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Pip reflects that in his snobbish rush for materialism and the only person that harmed him was himself.   Have […]

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