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Great Expectations
  • Don’t commit yourself, and don’t commit any one. You understand—any one. Don’t tell me anything: I don’t want to know anything; I am not curious” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 40).

Context.

Quotation said by the lawyer Mr. Jaggers to Pip, who has inferred that his benefactor is Abel Magwitch has returned to England. Jaggers, a successful and careful lawyer, doesn’t want Pip to say any more for fear of incriminating himself and any one hearing what he has said.

Image of Mr. Jaggers. An important lawyer, this image shows clients quite literally hanging onto his coattails.
Mr. Jaggers. An important lawyer, this image shows clients quite literally hanging onto his coattails.

Character Profile: Jaggers.

Mr. Jaggers is a prominent London lawyer with a number of clients involved in both criminal and civil matters. They include Abel Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Pip first encounters Jaggers on a visit to Satis House as a boy. Later in the story, Jaggers will visit Pip and Joe Gargery at the forge to deliver the good news that he is to become a gentleman. Jaggers becomes Pip’s guardian whilst he is in London, responsible for managing the affairs of Pip’s mysterious benefactor. By the end of the story, his law practice links many of the characters.

Source.

Taken from the following passage in Chapter 40 of Great Expectations:

“Now, Pip,” said he, “be careful.”

“I will, sir,” I returned. For, coming along I had thought well of what I was going to say.

“Don’t commit yourself,” said Mr. Jaggers, “and don’t commit any one. You understand—any one. Don’t tell me anything: I don’t want to know anything; I am not curious.”

Of course I saw that he knew the man was come.”

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Don't commit yourself, and don't commit any one. You understand—any one. Don't tell me anything: I don't want to know anything; I am not curious.
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