Great Expectations

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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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Compeyson’s business was the swindling, handwriting forging, stolen bank-note passing, and such-like.

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Quotations (Chapter 42). Compeyson’s business was the swindling, handwriting forging, stolen bank-note passing, and such-like.

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Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.

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You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with.

You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with.

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

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Quotations (Chapter 11). I have a pretty large experience of boys, and you’re a bad set of fellows.

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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.

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.