when I came to myself,—had opened on it before my mind saw it,—and thus as I recovered consciousness, I knew that I was in the place where I had lost it.

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

Again, being careful to leave Dickens room to be more suggestive than precise, Pip lost consciousness and then "came to myself," a phrase freighted with meaning. His re-birth is not a single event or moment but a series of stages that begins with the painful night of dreams following his being burned while saving Miss Havisham, includes Herbert's tending of his wounds, his "thanklessness to Joe," and his recognition now of the true relation between Joe, his model, and Pumblechook, as nothing more than an imposter. 

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