I might have thought it was all lies together, only as the birds' names come out true, I supposed mine did.

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

Magwitch's history parallels Pip's in that both begin with variations of desertion (Pip's dead parents and siblings), with having to come to terms with their names, which is to say who they are, with naming things, and with in retrospect the recognition that this moment was the first link in the chain of iron, not gold.

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