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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Lies and Deceit Quotes

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Quote #7

"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." (40.92)

Mr. Jaggers may like to know the truth—but only so he can disguise and massage it by, say, dressing it up in a frilly outfit so it looks weak and non-murderous. (Ahem, Molly.)

Quote #8

To my thinking, there was something in him that made it hopeless to attempt to disguise him. (40.107)

Once a thief, always a thief: Magwitch might think he's being oh-so-clever by taking a new name and dressing up in nice linen, but he just screams "common criminal." You can't make a gentleman out of him. Is Pip the same way? Is there always something a little blacksmith-y about him?

Quote #9

"You made your own snares. I never made them." (44.22)

Miss Havisham points out that Pip is totally to blame for his own deception. He wanted to believe Miss Havisham left him a fortune; he wanted to believe that he was meant to marry Estella, even though there was literally never a single reason for him to think that—except his own stupidity. (Sorry, dude.)

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