Background.

Great Expectations

Context.

Quotation said by the lawyer Mr. Jaggers to Pip, who is trying to confirm that his benefactor is Abel Magwitch. Although Pip has recently met Magwitch in London, Mr. Jaggers wishes to maintain that he is in New South Wales, Australia because he is a wanted man in England.

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 40 of Great Expectations:

“I have been informed by a person named Abel Magwitch, that he is the benefactor so long unknown to me.”

“That is the man,” said Mr. Jaggers, “in New South Wales.”

“And only he?” said I.

“And only he,” said Mr. Jaggers.

“I am not so unreasonable, sir, as to think you at all responsible for my mistakes and wrong conclusions; but I always supposed it was Miss Havisham.”

“As you say, Pip,” returned Mr. Jaggers, turning his eyes upon me coolly, and taking a bite at his forefinger, “I am not at all responsible for that.”

“And yet it looked so like it, sir,” I pleaded with a downcast heart.

“Not a particle of evidence, Pip,” said Mr. Jaggers, shaking his head and gathering up his skirts. “Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.

“I have no more to say,” said I, with a sigh, after standing silent for a little while. “I have verified my information, and there’s an end.”

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