Johns

Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter LIV

The figurehead's mouth must be expressively open, as if it is proclaiming something. John the Baptist, who preached "in the wilderness of Judea," made John a popular Christian name, allowing Dickens to imagine any number of people with that name preaching or speaking to the many. 

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