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Great Expectations was the thirteenth novel from Victorian author Charles Dickens and first published between 1860 and 1861.

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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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He washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.

Background. “He washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 26). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation taken from the following passage at the beginning of Chapter 26 of Great Expectations: […]

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To judge from appearances, you’re out of luck.

Background. “To judge from appearances, you’re out of luck.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 42). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation said by the villain Compeyson, as recalled by Abel Magwitch. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 42 of Great Expectations: […]

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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.

Background. “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 taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 40). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation said by the […]

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I was sent for life. It’s death to come back.

Background. “I was sent for life. It’s death to come back.” is a quotation from the novel Great Expectations (Chapter 39). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Abel Magwitch. The convict Abel Magwitch returns to England after being transported to Australia […]

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He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!

Background. “He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 8). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. This quote said by Estella to Pip. Pip, the narrator and main character of Great Expectations has started to pay visits to the […]

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I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.

Background. “I know that I had been to see Macbeth at the theatre, a night or two before, and that her face looked to me as if it were all disturbed by fiery air, like the faces I had seen rise out of the Witches’ caldron.” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 26). […]

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My guiding star always is, Get hold of portable property.

Background. “My guiding star always is, ‘Get hold of portable property’.” is a quotation taken 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 […]

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