Great Expectations Volume 2 Quotes


Chapter 20

  • So I came into Smithfield; and the shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me.
  • he seemed to bully his very sandwich as he ate it
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Chapter 21

  • So imperfect was this realization of the first of my great expectations, that I looked in dismay at Mr. Wemmick.
  • for, the lines had rotted away, and it came down like the guillotine
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Chapter 22

  • That girl's hard and haughty and capricious to the last degree, and has been brought up by Miss Havisham to wreak revenge on all the male sex.
  • a natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean 
  • something wonderfully hopeful about his general air, and something that at the same time whispered to me he would never be very successful or rich
  • no man who was not a true gentleman at heart ever was, since the world began, a true gentleman in manner.
  • Mrs. Pocket acted on the advice, and inexpertly danced the infant a little in her lap
  • the nurture of the little Pockets consisted of alternately tumbling up and lying down
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Chapter 25

  • he was idle, proud, niggardly, reserved, and suspicious
  • Herbert was my intimate companion and friend.
  • they fawned upon me in my prosperity with the basest meanness
  • "When I go into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come into the Castle, I leave the office behind me"
  • By degrees, Wemmick got dryer and harder as we went along, and his mouth tightened into a post-office again.
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Chapter 26

  • I embrace this opportunity of remarking that he washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.
  • there was something so conclusive in the halo of scented soap which encircled his presence
  • "don't have too much to do with him. Keep as clear of him as you can. But I like the fellow, Pip; he is one of the true sort. "
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Chapter 27

  • If I could have kept him away by paying money, I certainly would have paid money.
  • I felt impatient of him and out of temper with him; in which condition he heaped coals of fire on my head.
  • "I'm wrong in these clothes. I'm wrong out of the forge, the kitchen, or off th' meshes."
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Chapter 28

  • The great numbers on their backs, as if they were street doors; their coarse mangy ungainly outer surface, as if they were lower animals; their ironed legs
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Chapter 29

  • when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible
  • I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
  • I fancied, as I looked at her, that I slipped hopelessly back into the coarse and common boy again.
  • it was impossible to dissociate her presence from all those wretched hankerings after money and gentility that had disturbed my boyhood,—from all those ill-regulated aspirations that had first made me ashamed of home and Joe
  • "what was fit company for you once, would be quite unfit company for you now."
  • "I have no softness there, no—sympathy—sentiment—nonsense."
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Chapter 30

  • "because the man who fills the post of trust never is the right sort of man."
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Chapter 32

  • that I should be encompassed by all this taint of prison and crime
  • that, it should in this new way pervade my fortune and advancement
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Chapter 33

  • I thought I saw Miss Havisham's influence in the change.
  • Her reverting to this tone as if our association were forced upon us, and we were mere puppets, gave me pain
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Chapter 34

  • I lived in a state of chronic uneasiness respecting my behavior to Joe.
  • I used to think, with a weariness on my spirits, that I should have been happier and better if I had never seen Miss Havisham's face, and had risen to manhood content to be partners with Joe in the honest old forge.
  • My lavish habits led his easy nature into expenses that he could not afford, corrupted the simplicity of his life, and disturbed his peace with anxieties and regrets.
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Chapter 38

  • as though she were devouring the beautiful creature she had reared
  • "You stock and stone!" exclaimed Miss Havisham. "You cold, cold heart!"
  • "I am what you have made me."
  • I saw Miss Havisham going along it in a ghostly manner, making a low cry.
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Chapter 39

  • They were clean and new, and I spread them out and handed them over to him.
  • The abhorrence in which I held the man, the dread I had of him, the repugnance with which I shrank from him, could not have been exceeded if he had been some terrible beast.
  • "Look'ee here, Pip. I'm your second father."
  • I only suffered in Satis House as a convenience, a sting for the greedy relations, a model with a mechanical heart to practise on when no other practice was at hand
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