Class

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Class.

 

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was one of the foremost writers from the Victorian era and remains a popular widely-read author today. During his lifetime he produced 15 novels, five novellas, and a large number of shorter stories and essays. He wrote from personal experiences and concerned himself with a number of contemporary social issues whilst supporting numerous charitable causes, giving assistance in time, money or personal effort. Our archive of over 400 Charles Dickens quotations are organised by both source material, i.e. the work or speech in which it originally appeared, and also grouped thematically. In this archive, we have collected quotations from Charles Dickens works on the theme of Class.


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She put the mug down on the stones of the yard.

Background. "She put the mug down on the stones of the yard." 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 shows Estella's contempt towards Pip. Pip, the narrator and main character of Great Expectations has started to pay visits to the house of Miss Havisham. There, he meets Miss Havisham's ward Estella, who he thinks is "very pretty and seemed very proud". Estella [...]

2018-05-16T11:44:52+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , |

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 house of Miss Havisham. There, he meets Miss Havisham's ward Estella, who he thinks is "very pretty and seemed very proud". Estella is very condescending towards [...]

2018-05-16T11:49:53+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , |

What would it signify to me, being coarse and common, if nobody had told me so!

Background. "What would it signify to me, being coarse and common, if nobody had told me so!" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 17). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quotation is said by Pip in a conversation with Biddy. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 17 of Great Expectations: “Biddy,” I exclaimed, impatiently, “I am not at all happy as I am. I am disgusted with my calling [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:20+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

He was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once – a parish child – the orphan of a workhouse – the humble, half-starved drudge – to be cuffed and buffeted through the world – despised by all, and pitied by none.

Background. "He was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once - a parish child - the orphan of a workhouse - the humble, half-starved drudge - to be cuffed and buffeted through the world - despised by all, and pitied by none" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 1). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. The orphan Oliver Twist is put in his [...]

2017-12-08T13:14:55+00:00 Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

The mansions and their inhabitants were so much alike … that the people were often to be found drawn up on opposite sides of dinner-tables, in the shade of their own loftiness, staring at the other side of the way with the dullness of the houses.

Background. "The mansions and their inhabitants were so much alike ... that the people were often to be found drawn up on opposite sides of dinner-tables, in the shade of their own loftiness, staring at the other side of the way with the dullness of the houses" is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 21). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, [...]

2018-02-23T19:44:15+00:00 Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: |

Mr Merdle was immensely rich; a man of prodigious enterprise; a Midas without the ears, who turned all he touched to gold. He was in everything good, from banking to building. He was in Parliament, of course. He was in the City, necessarily. He was Chairman of this, Trustee of that, President of the other.

Background. "Mr Merdle was immensely rich; a man of prodigious enterprise; a Midas without the ears, who turned all he touched to gold. He was in everything good, from banking to building. He was in Parliament, of course. He was in the City, necessarily. He was Chairman of this, Trustee of that, President of the other." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 21). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. [...]

2018-02-23T19:44:15+00:00 Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

If you can’t get to be oncommon through going straight, you’ll never get to do it through going crooked.

Background. "If you can’t get to be oncommon through going straight, you’ll never get to do it through going crooked" is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 9). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by Joe Gargery, who is talking to Pip. Pip has returned from visiting Miss Havisham at Satis House and recounted his day their earlier in the day, inventing a story that he was treated well, [...]

2018-05-07T19:17:51+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people made up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did.

Background. "We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people made up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 34). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between [...]

2018-02-23T09:00:07+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.

Background. "It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 14). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Pip (the narrator of Great Expectations). Pip is embarrassed by his upbringing, which he views as "all coarse and common" now that he has met Miss Havisham and her ward Estella, who he views as being in a different social [...]

2018-05-08T09:50:28+00:00 Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

Background. "It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 28). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.     Context. Taken from the following opening passages of Chapter 28 of Bleak House: Sir Leicester Dedlock has got the better, for the time being, of the family gout and is once more, [...]

2018-05-09T16:44:31+00:00 Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.

Background. "Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 2, Chapter 9 (The Gorgons Head)). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in [...]

2017-12-08T13:24:32+00:00 Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: , |

No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.

Background. "No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 3). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot." with a rating and help [...]

2018-03-09T14:06:05+00:00 Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: , , |