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Great Expectations

Great Expectations


by Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations Character Quotes

Pip Quotes

Pip is like that kid who goes away to college in the big city and comes back wearing designer shoes and thinking he's better than his parents because they don't know the difference between vermicel...

Joe Gargery Quotes

Aw, Joe. We kind of love Joe. He's Pip's brother-in-law and childhood hero, but he's also just a genuinely nice guy. Pip describes him: a fair man, with curls of flaxen hair on each side of his smo...

Miss Havisham Quotes

Pip's great expectations are ruined, and he becomes a better man. Miss Havisham's expectations are ruined, and she becomes an "immensely rich and grim lady" who refuses to take off her decaying, ta...

Abel Magwitch Quotes

Magwitch—the thief with a heart of gold—never had a chance. His first memory is of stealing turnips (which is just sad—not only does he have to steal food as a kind, but he has to steal turni...

Estella Havisham Quotes

Estella may be beautiful, but she's as chilly as Frozone, freezing the hearts of everyone around her—including her adopted mom, Miss Havisham. She's "proud and refined" (33.4) as an adult, and "b...

Mr. Jaggers Quotes

Mr. Jaggers is Pip's guardian, Miss Havisham's lawyer, and he really knows his stuff. He's exactly like Billy Flynn: he ALWAYS wins his cases. Judges and juries alike quiver in their boots when Jag...

Mr. Wemmick Quotes

Mr. Wemmick is Jaggers's clerk—sometimes. When he's the clerk, he's gruff, business-like, and "dry" (21.1), who has to remind himself that people have the "habit of shaking hands" (21.28) and who...

Herbert Pocket Quotes

Herbert and Pip are BFFs, and, like most BFFs, they start out by fighting: Herbert challenges Pip to a gentlemanly fight (there are rules and everything), which Pip easily wins. Even then, Pip noti...

Mrs. Joe Gargery Quotes

Mrs. Joe is Pip's much older sister, and oh boy, she is just the worst of every older sister rolled into one: not only does she never let him forget that she "brought him up 'by hand'" (1), she bel...
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