Great Expectations Quotes by Charles Dickens(page 3 of 16)
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Quote 1: "I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the arguments of my best friends. Quote 2: "We were equals afterwards, as we had been before; but, afterwards at quiet times when I sat looking at Joe and thinking about him, I had a new sensation of feeling conscious that I was looking up to Joe in my heart. Quote 3: "In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice. Quote 4: "If you can't get to be oncommon through going straight, you'll never get to do it through going crooked. Quote 5: " Quote 6: "There have been occasions in my later life I suppose as in most lives when I have felt for a time as if a thick curtain had fallen on all its interest and romance, to shut me out from anything save dull endurance any more. Never has that curtain dropped so heavy and blank, as when my way in life lay stretched out straight before me through the newly-entered road of apprenticeship to Joe.
Study these quotes from Great Expectations to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the novel. If you haven't read the novel yet, you can view the full text online here. Quote : I give Pirrip as my father's name on the authority of his tombstone Chapter 1. Analysis : We discover immediately that Pip is an orphan and one with whom we sympathize. Quote : But I loved Joe—perhaps for no better reason than because the dear fellow let me love him Chapter 6.
I took the opportunity of being alone in the courtyard, to look at my coarse hands and my common boots. For the first time, Pip notices the difference in his hands and attire, both of which reflect his lower social status. For the first time he sees Joe, his only true role model, as inadequate. The felicitous idea occurred to me a morning or two later when I woke, that the best step I could take towards making myself uncommon was to get out of Biddy everything she knew. Here, Pip focuses on education as the best way to change his current status and Biddy as the source. Biddy helps Pip by providing a few books and other reading material. The fact that Pip believes he can change his status at all is a testament to his own unusual ambition.
I turned my head aside, for, with a rush and a sweep, like the old marsh winds coming up from the sea, a feeling like that which had subdued me on the morning when I left the forge, when the mists were solemnly rising, and when I laid my hand upon the village finger-post, smote upon my heart again. There was silence between us for a little while. Just in case we're not getting it, Dickens basically lays it out for us here: the mists of Pip's hometown are an external representation of the mists inside his head. External is internal; internal is external. Many a time of an evening, when I sat alone looking at the fire, I thought, after all, there was no fire like the forge fire and the kitchen fire at home. It's not all marshes and darkness down by the river: Joe's forge is cozy and warm, especially once the threat of Mrs.
Home had never been a very pleasant place to me, because of my sister's temper. But, Joe had sanctified it, and I had believed in it. I had believed in the best parlour as a most elegant saloon; I had believed in the front door, as a mysterious portal of the Temple of State whose solemn opening was attended with a sacrifice of roast fowls; I had believed in the kitchen as a chaste though not magnificent apartment; I had believed in the forge as the glowing road to manhood and independence. Within a single year, all this was changed. Now, it was all coarse and common, and I would not have had Miss Havisham and Estella see it on any account.