Thursday, September 22, 2011

Great Expectations -- Extract

Morning Everyone,

  How are things going on at your end? I was just dreaming the other day, about my old school. In my dream, I was sitting in my English class, staring at my beautiful gorgeous English teacher while she was explaining something from Great Expectations book.


  So, in honor of the dream, here is a small excerpt from the book: Pip, the MC, receives a letter saying that Joe would be visiting him the very next day.

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  I received this letter by the post on Monday morning, and therefore its appointment was for next day. Let me confess exactly with what feelings I looked forward to Joe's coming.

  Not with pleasure, though I was bound to him by so many ties; no; with considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity. If I could have kept him away by paying money, I certainly would have paid money. My greatest reassurance was that he was coming to Barnard's Inn, not to Hammersmith, and consequently would not fall in Bentley Drummle's way.
 ……
  As the time approached I should have liked to run away, but the Avenger pursuant to orders was in the hall, and presently I heard Joe on the staircase. I knew it was Joe, by his clumsy manner of coming up stairs,--his state boots being always too big for him, and by the time it took him to read the names on the other floors in the course of his ascent. When at last he stopped outside our door, I could hear his finger tracing over the painted letters of my name, and I afterwards distinctly heard him breathing in at the keyhole.
 ……
  Our eyes met, and all the "ir" melted out of that manly heart as he gave me his hand.

  "Pip, dear old chap, life is made of ever so many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man's a blacksmith, and one's a whitesmith, and one's a goldsmith, and one's a coppersmith. Divisions among such must come, and must be met as they come. If there's been any fault at all to-day, it's mine. You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywhere else but what is private, and be known, and understood among friends. It ain't that I am proud, but that I want to be right, as you shall never see me no more in these clothes. I'm wrong in these clothes. I'm wrong out of the forge, the kitchen, or off th' meshes. You won't find half so much fault in me if you think of me in my forge dress, with my hammer in my hand, or even my pipe. You won't find half so much fault in me if, supposing as you should ever wish to see me, you come and put your head in at the forge window and see Joe the blacksmith, there, at the old anvil, in the old burnt apron, sticking to the old work. I'm awful dull, but I hope I've beat out something nigh the rights of this at last. And so GOD bless you, dear old Pip, old chap, GOD bless you!"

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  You ever felt this way? Has something like this happened to you? You feel vaguely familiar with someone whom you used to like? You feel you are distant and would prefer not to meet them? What did you do then?

With warm regards
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2 comments:

Sarah Pearson said...

It's been a long time since I read this. I might have to dig it out again :-)

lizhellebuyck said...

I need to read this again too!

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