a natural heart, even to be bruised or broken."

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

Dickens, in this a beneficiary of the Romanticism that was such a force at the end of the 18th and throughout the first decades of the 19th century, emphasizes in Great Expectations and other novels the necessary place of "the human heart" at the core of life and society. To be able to love well—which in many cases he sees as the finest, most hopeful legacy of our childhood—will be our salvation as adults, protecting us from reversing the appointed order of being. 

Mentioned earlier is a memorable phrase in David Copperfield, "the mind of the heart," which describes something resembling what we've come to denote as emotional intelligence.

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