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Great Expectations
     

Great Expectations

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by Charles Dickens
 

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My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister,—Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the

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My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister,—Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above," I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine,—who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle,—I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence.

Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for certain that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dikes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.

"Hold your noise!" cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side of the church porch. "Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!"

A fearful man, all in coarse gray, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared, and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016774527
Publisher:
Hannah Stuart
Publication date:
03/30/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
362
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Great Expectations 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 330 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This "free" book begins with chapter 30. I assume there are at least two other volumes to this book, but I do not know how to find them as there are no distinguishing notations in the title advising you that this is a later volume, and none of the other versions advise you that they are the earlier verision. A rotten trick. What good is part 3? At least give us part one which would tempt us in and leave us wanting to PURCHASE the real book to finish it. THIS is pointless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pages were badly scanned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many errors
Jennifer Kirila More than 1 year ago
I actually love this book and was excited to find it for free. Unfortunately, the book is so riddled with typographical errors and strange characters that it's virtually impossible to read. I'm going to go hunt around for one that is error free, even if I have to pay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has too many typos and this is very confusing. The book itself was great but it is missing chapters. IT DOES NOT EVEN START AT THE FIRST CHAPTER!!! Someone should really make this clear and typo-less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quite dismayed to discover that this edition starts at chapter thirty. Neddless to say I am glad I did not pay anything for it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was boring at first but then it got better and better with a bunch of events being thrown at you all at the same time. With every event unexpected you never know whats going to happen next. I reccomend this book to anyone from 3rd grade to 12th that likes the unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have people no idea what the differebces are between Old, Middle and Modern English. The original Beowulf and Canterbury Tales were Old English. To modern Americans Old English is indecipherable. Check out Beowulf as Chaucer wrote it. Then you will experience Old Eng. It is not found in Dickens nor in Shakespeare for that matter. What are they teaching?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is epic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book.
SarcasticCynic More than 1 year ago
Seriously, I would rather scoop my eye out with a rusty spoon than read this again. Personally I find Dickens' writing style boring and verbose. Save yourself the agony and read the cliff notes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nnnns amazing
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I lean on his shoulder
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in wearing a black tee d black ripped skinny jeans. Holding pierces hand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next res
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Scanned text. So many errors that it is completely unreadable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why?
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Solomiya Nysak More than 1 year ago
I had great expectations (pun intended) about this book, but unfortunately I was not impressed. I know that Great Expectations is regarded as one of Dickens' most important works, but personally I didn't find it interesting. At the beginning, Magwitch's confrontation with Pip did get me hooked, but the events that ensued slowly drained my interests. Although there were plenty of events going on like Orlick disabling Mrs. Joe and Miss Havisham's dress catching on fire, the story seemed dull and flat at times. I felt that it was too wordy. The characters were quite vivid and very different from each other. From Orlick's wickedness to Joe's kindness, every character seemed unique to me.  I despised the plot twists within the story, especially because there were so many. Besides the plot twist involving Magwitch being the benefactor of Pip, all the other ones seemed pointless. The lengthy descriptions and nineteenth-century language created a dull atmosphere. For example, Dickens spent almost three pages describing how Mrs. Joe put the butter on the roll at the beginning! As for the ending, I think it was disappointing because it was not believable. I can't understand the enthusiastic praise the book always receives. Perhaps I failed to see the profoundness that makes it into a beloved classic.
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