clerical air,

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

The clergy are generally no favorite with Dickens. To Pip, the cows resemble Anglican clergy, who wore black with a white collar. Another instance of Pip's guilt coloring his vision, as when he believes the ox looks at him in "an "accusatory manner." Dickens's larger point is that we see the world through a lens whose coloration and shape were determined early. 

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