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Great Expectations

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Quotation said by the lawyer Mr. Jaggers to Pip, when he first meets him on a stairway at Satis House, whilst both are visiting Miss Havisham.

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 11 of Great Expectations:

“Boy of the neighbourhood? Hey?” said he.

“Yes, sir,” said I.

“How do you come here?”

“Miss Havisham sent for me, sir,” I explained.

“Well! Behave yourself. I have a pretty large experience of boys, and you’re a bad set of fellows. Now mind!” said he, biting the side of his great forefinger as he frowned at me, “you behave yourself!”

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I have a pretty large experience of boys, and you’re a bad set of fellows.
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