without dusting his fingers on a white napkin

Category: Arts | Type: Discussion | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXXI

Shakespeare's Hamlet was not so fastidious about handling Yorick's skull. But Wopsle's vanity about his stage appearance confounds his role, which is to depict Hamlet at his most intensely existential. Instead, not wanting to appear disheveled, Wopsle has merely indicated a "disordered stocking" by folding down and ironing a portion. 

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