I went upon 'Change,

Category: Places | Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXII

An idiomatic expression to describe a person's going to the Royal Exchange, which housed as well the maritime insurance business, Lloyd's of London being the most prominent firm. But in Dickens' mind is the pun on "Change," which describes not just the huge changes in London that have occurred since the 1820s when the story is now taking place (among them the burning down in 1838 of the Royal Exchange) but Pip's conviction that a change in geography and expectations will not only alter him materially but psychologically, liberating him from his sense of original guilt. But in this respect space is no better than time.

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