a sudden glare of gas.

Category: Daily Life | Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXXIII

For Pip the gas lighting, still unusual at the time, magnifies the already disorienting effect of being with Estella in London.  In 1817. Hester Thrale, the dear friend of Samuel Johnson, wrote that "such a glare is cast by the gas lights, I knew not where I was after sunset" (London, Ackroyd, 439). 

The earliest attempts at gas lighting occurred in 1807, and in 1812 Westminster Bridge was the first stretch of London to be illuminated by gas. 

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