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Great Expectations

Context.

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 who represents the interests of diverse clients, both criminal and civil. He represents Pip’s benefactor and Miss Havisham as well. 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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