"the burnt child dreads the fire!

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

In describing Pip as a child, Orlick refers to Pip's shrinking from the fire. But for the reader the reference underscores Pip's shedding of his adult self and his return to the impressionablity and compassion of the child. 

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