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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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 350 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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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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 9). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861. Have Your Say. Give your view on “If you can’t get to […]
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 […]
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. Taken from the following opening passages of Chapter 14 of Great Expectations: It is a most miserable thing to […]
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. Have Your Say. Give your view on […]
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 […]