I'll cut your throat!"

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter I

The timing could not be worse for such an apparition. Already prone to fright, aloneness, and guilt, Pip finds the feelings validated by what seems an avenging spirit rising from the graves. 

Like all young children, Pip is naturally literal and believes what he's told——his throat will be cut and he is a "devil." When demanded where his mother is, he responds, "There, sir!" causing the man to panic.

return to text