I could not think of a place without seeing it, or of persons without seeing them. It is impossible to overstate the vividness of these images,

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

Pip's hyper-visualization signals his freshening return to his childhood. Nothing exists in the inert, habitual way in which our minds conjure up people and places but each has regained for Pip the freshness of when he first saw them, as when a child he saw the tombstones and lettering, the marshes, the river, Magwitch, and Joe. He experiences what Wordsworth describes in the Intimations Ode as "the freshness of a dream," the incandescent, radiant quality that defines the child's way of seeing.   

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