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Dickens pp 244-257 | Cite as

Great Expectations (1953)

  • Dorothy Van Ghent
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Abstract

Some of the most wonderful scenes in Great Expectations are those in which people, presumably in the act of conversation, raptly soliloquize; and Dickens’ technique, in these cases, is usually to give the soliloquizer a fantastic private language as unadapted to mutual understanding as a species of pig Latin. Witness Mr Jaggers’ interview with Joe Gargery, in which the dignified lawyer attempts to compensate Joe financially for his part in Pip’s upbringing, and Joe swings on him with unintelligible pugilistic jargon.

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© Macmillan Publishers Limited 1968

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