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Charles Dickens

We can learn a bit more about the life and experiences of Charles Dickens by reading his autobiographical novel, Great Expectations. Of course, the facts are immersed in fiction, which is part of what makes the novel such a masterpiece. We take you through various ways(cinema,text and sketches) in which Dicken's marvellous creation as been interpreted. Image courtesy-londoncalling.com

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Great Expectations

"Now, I return to this young fellow. And the communication I have got to make is, that he has great expectations." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-static.guim.co.uk

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Great Expectations

"Take another glass of wine, and excuse my mentioning that society as a body does not expect one to be so strictly conscientious in emptying one's glass, as to turn it bottom upwards with the rim on one's nose." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-victorianweb.org

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Great Expectations

"That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-filmfanatic.org

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Great Expectations

"Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-i.telegraph.co.uk

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Great Expectations

"We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did. To the best of my belief, our case was in the last aspect a rather common one." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-2.bp.blogspot.com

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Great Expectations

"All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretenses did I cheat myself. Surely a curious thing. That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else's manufacture, is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make, as good money!" - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-freewebs.com

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Great Expectations

"In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-static.bbc.co.uk

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Great Expectations

"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-shmoop.com

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Great Expectations

"So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtes-yvictorianweb.org

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Great Expectations

"I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born, in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the dissuading arguments of my best friends." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Image courtesy-manilovefilms.com

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