In jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail.

Background.

Great Expectations

itemIn jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail.” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 42).

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

 

Context.

item Quotation said by the character Abel Magwitch.

item The convict Abel Magwitch describes a short summary of his life to Pip.

item Taken from the following passage at the beginning of Chapter 42 of Great Expectations:

“Dear boy and Pip’s comrade. I am not a going fur to tell you my life like a song, or a story-book. But to give it you short and handy, I’ll put it at once into a mouthful of English. In jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail. There, you’ve got it. That’s my life pretty much, down to such times as I got shipped off, arter Pip stood my friend.

“I’ve been done everything to, pretty well—except hanged. I’ve been locked up as much as a silver tea-kittle. I’ve been carted here and carted there, and put out of this town, and put out of that town, and stuck in the stocks, and whipped and worried and drove. I’ve no more notion where I was born than you have—if so much. I first become aware of myself down in Essex, a thieving turnips for my living. Summun had run away from me—a man—a tinker—and he’d took the fire with him, and left me wery cold.

 

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