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

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Great Expectations

itemYou have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with.” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 44).

item Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.

 

Context.

item Pip tells Estella his true feelings for her after she reveals she is going to marry Bentley Drummle.

item Taken from the following passage in Chapter 44 of Great Expectations.  After revealing that marriage preparations are already in place Estella tells Pip that “You will get me out of your thoughts in a week.”, to which he replies with this heartfelt passage:

“Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since,—on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation, I associate you only with the good; and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”

 

 

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