All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.

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

Following the novel's master-image of the forge and forgery, Pip describes himself as a perfected self-swindler or rationalizer who forges counterfeit coins that he then passes off on himself as real.  

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