I was bound to him by so many ties; no; with considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity.

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

The verb "bound" reminds us that there are strongly positive bonds, such as those of "what larks" and Joe and Pip's early life together. Perhaps the most significant evidence of Pip's moral corruption is his treatment of Joe and embarrassment. In suppressing his past bonds with Joe, Pip denies what was most humane in himself and noble in Joe.

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