by thinking how flat and low both were, and how on both there came an unknown way and a dark mist and then the sea.

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

As in A Pilgrim's Progress, the journey is a figure for a life's unfolding. The "unknown way" can be the uncertainty of how one's life will develop (as in Copperfield's "whether I shall be the hero of my own life") or "unknown" meaning a life lived anonymously and without distinction. And as in Dombey and Son the sea and here the dark mist are associated with death and eternity. 

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