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.

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Great Expectations

itemWe 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).

item Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.

 

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item Pip reflects on his materialism when his financial windfall leads him to scorn those who love him and try to find happiness in objects and status.

 

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