yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death.

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

A reminder of the puzzle at the novel's core: why, never having one hour's happiness in Estella's presence, does Pip pursue her, wish for marriage to her, and envision happiness until death do them part? He maintains this "expectation" in defiance of Estella's own warnings to him, her only meaningful kindness to him.

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