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Great Expectations

My guiding star always is, ‘Get hold of portable property’.” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 24).

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

 

Context.

This quote is from Mr. John Wemmick. Wemmick is Mr. Jaggers‘s clerk and becomes a friend to Pip after he moves to London.

Taken from the folllowing passage in Chapter 24 of Great Expectations:

While he was putting up the other cast and coming down from the chair, the thought crossed my mind that all his personal jewelry was derived from like sources. As he had shown no diffidence on the subject, I ventured on the liberty of asking him the question, when he stood before me, dusting his hands.

“O yes,” he returned, “these are all gifts of that kind. One brings another, you see; that’s the way of it. I always take ’em. They’re curiosities. And they’re property. They may not be worth much, but, after all, they’re property and portable. It don’t signify to you with your brilliant lookout, but as to myself, my guiding-star always is, ‘Get hold of portable property’.”

 

 

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