History Literature / GreatExpectations

12th Aug '17 1:02:43 PM jamespolk
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* MaybeEverAfter: In the revised ending, not the original, suggests that Pip and Estella shall never part. Possibly the TropeMaker. Possibly one of the most famous examples of this trope in English-language media.

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* MaybeEverAfter: In the revised ending, not the original, The (revised) ending suggests that Pip and Estella shall never part. Possibly the TropeMaker. Possibly one of the most famous examples of this trope in English-language media.



* RevisedEnding: To avoid the book having a {{Bittersweet|Ending}} / DownerEnding. Dickens' friend and colleague Creator/EdwardBulwerLytton--that's right, the ItWasADarkAndStormyNight guy--got a sneak preview of the original ending, and recommended Dickens write a different ending which wasn't so downbeat. Dickens then wrote a more upbeat ending which was published. Dickens himself seemed [[http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/dickens/ending.html content with the result]]. Modern printings of the novel commonly include the original, more downbeat ending as an appendix (see DeletedScene above).

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* RevisedEnding: To avoid the The book having originally had a {{Bittersweet|Ending}} / DownerEnding.DownerEnding in which Pip meets Estella one last time, only to find that she has remarried. Dickens' friend and colleague Creator/EdwardBulwerLytton--that's right, the ItWasADarkAndStormyNight guy--got a sneak preview of the original ending, and recommended Dickens write a different ending which wasn't so downbeat. Dickens then wrote a more upbeat ending which was published. Dickens himself seemed [[http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/dickens/ending.html content with the result]]. Modern printings of the novel commonly include the original, more downbeat ending as an appendix (see DeletedScene above).
12th Aug '17 12:54:46 PM jamespolk
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''Great Expectations'' is one of Creator/CharlesDickens' most famous works (along with ''Literature/AChristmasCarol,'' ''Literature/OliverTwist,'' and ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''), as the multitude of high school students [[SchoolStudyMedia assigned]] this [[DoorStopper 450+ page book]] will attest. Ironically, it is his most unconventional work; Dickens [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] many of his trademark plots and characters in it, including the MysteriousBenefactor and RagsToRiches tale. The main character Pip is also far from the simple minded innocents of ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' and ''Literature/OliverTwist,'' and arguably has undergone the most CharacterDevelopment as a result.

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''Great Expectations'' (1861) is a novel by Creator/CharlesDickens.

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is one of Creator/CharlesDickens' his most famous works (along with ''Literature/AChristmasCarol,'' ''Literature/OliverTwist,'' and ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''), as the multitude of high school students [[SchoolStudyMedia assigned]] this [[DoorStopper 450+ page book]] will attest. Ironically, it is his most unconventional work; Dickens [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] many of his trademark plots and characters in it, including the MysteriousBenefactor and RagsToRiches tale. The main character Pip is also far from the simple minded innocents of ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' and ''Literature/OliverTwist,'' and arguably has undergone the most CharacterDevelopment as a result.
12th Aug '17 12:54:06 PM jamespolk
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12th Aug '17 12:53:22 PM jamespolk
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-> "Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day."
10th Jun '17 1:07:20 AM NightShade96
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* LessonsInSophistication: Pip finds himself receiving a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor so he can become a gentleman in London.
23rd May '17 11:14:55 PM jamespolk
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* RevisedEnding: To avoid the book having a {{Bittersweet|Ending}} / DownerEnding. Dickens' friend and colleague Edward Bulwer-Lytton--that's right, the ItWasADarkAndStormyNight guy--got a sneak preview of the original ending, and recommended Dickens write a different ending which wasn't so downbeat. Dickens then wrote a more upbeat ending which was published. Dickens himself seemed [[http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/dickens/ending.html content with the result]]. Modern printings of the novel commonly include the original, more downbeat ending as an appendix (see DeletedScene above).

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* RevisedEnding: To avoid the book having a {{Bittersweet|Ending}} / DownerEnding. Dickens' friend and colleague Edward Bulwer-Lytton--that's Creator/EdwardBulwerLytton--that's right, the ItWasADarkAndStormyNight guy--got a sneak preview of the original ending, and recommended Dickens write a different ending which wasn't so downbeat. Dickens then wrote a more upbeat ending which was published. Dickens himself seemed [[http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/dickens/ending.html content with the result]]. Modern printings of the novel commonly include the original, more downbeat ending as an appendix (see DeletedScene above).
23rd May '17 11:12:02 PM jamespolk
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* SecondLove: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: Pip returns to Biddy with the intention of proposing [[spoiler:only for her to have already accepted Joe's.]] Poor kid can't get a break.

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* SecondLove: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: Pip returns to Biddy with the intention of proposing [[spoiler:only only for her to have already accepted Joe's.]] Joe's. Poor kid can't get a break.


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* TheShutIn: Miss Havisham, who has spent the rest of her life in one room since she was jilted on her wedding day.
23rd May '17 10:34:48 PM jamespolk
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: This trope pretty much defines Ms. Havisham's existence. Pip is unable to have Estella and Biddy cannot attract Pip. Perhaps the only aversion of this trope is when [[spoiler: Biddy and Joe fall in love]].

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: This trope pretty much defines Ms. Havisham's existence. Pip is unable to have Estella and Biddy cannot attract Pip. Perhaps the only aversion of this trope is when [[spoiler: Biddy and Joe fall in love]].love.



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:Magwitch spends years trying to enrich Pip because Pip delivered food to him when he was on the run and starving.]] Of course, he didn't give the boy much choice in the matter.
* BigBad: The deceptive and equally cruel Compeyson. He ruins [[spoiler:Miss Havisham]] by pretending to love her, inheriting a lot of money from her (which was his [[EvilPlan goal]] the entire time) and then abandoning her before their supposed marriage and running away with the money. He is also a dangerous criminal, but meets his ultimate doom when [[spoiler:Magwitch (whose life he also ruined by using him as a scapegoat to avoid being convicted of his crimes) drowns him]].

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:Magwitch Magwitch spends years trying to enrich Pip because Pip delivered food to him when he was on the run and starving.]] starving. Of course, he didn't give the boy much choice in the matter.
* BigBad: The deceptive and equally cruel Compeyson. He ruins [[spoiler:Miss Havisham]] Miss Havisham by pretending to love her, inheriting a lot of money from her (which was his [[EvilPlan goal]] the entire time) and then abandoning her before their supposed marriage and running away with the money. He is also a dangerous criminal, but meets his ultimate doom when [[spoiler:Magwitch Magwitch (whose life he also ruined by using him as a scapegoat to avoid being convicted of his crimes) drowns him]].him.



* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Compeyson]] did this to Miss Havisham, who does the same with Estella.

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Compeyson]] Compeyson did this to Miss Havisham, who does the same with Estella.



* BrokenBird: Estella, either when she lashes out at Miss Havisham or by the ending, when she's [[spoiler:had to live with an abusive husband]].
* BrokenAesop: A point of contention against the RevisedEnding: [[spoiler: a major point of Pip's CharacterDevelopment is learning he was never [[EntitledToHaveYou meant for Estella]] and that she is not the person he has [[LovingAShadow idealized her to be.]] This is undermined by having ''fate'' bring her back to him at Satis House, having just conveniently TookALevelInKindness and ready to love him.]]

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* BrokenBird: Estella, either when she lashes out at Miss Havisham or by the ending, when she's [[spoiler:had had to live with an abusive husband]].
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* BrokenAesop: A point of contention against the RevisedEnding: [[spoiler: a major point of Pip's CharacterDevelopment is learning he was never [[EntitledToHaveYou meant for Estella]] and that she is not the person he has [[LovingAShadow idealized her to be.]] This is undermined by having ''fate'' bring her back to him at Satis House, having just conveniently TookALevelInKindness and ready to love him.]]



* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted with [[BigBad Compeyson]], who meets his end when he [[spoiler:falls into a river and drowns after Magwitch attacks him]].

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* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted with [[BigBad Compeyson]], who meets his end when he [[spoiler:falls falls into a river and drowns after Magwitch attacks him]].him.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Magwitch.]]
* FastForwardToReunion: [[spoiler:The ending, where Pip and Estella meet again]]. The circumstances of their reunion depends on which version of the ending you read: there's one where [[spoiler:Estella is happily married, and one where she isn't, implying that she and Pip may have a future together]].

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Magwitch.]]
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* FastForwardToReunion: [[spoiler:The The ending, where Pip and Estella meet again]]. again. The circumstances of their reunion depends on which version of the ending you read: there's one where [[spoiler:Estella Estella is happily married, and one where she isn't, implying that she and Pip may have a future together]].together.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pip has brief visions of [[spoiler:Miss Havisham's death]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pip has brief visions of [[spoiler:Miss Miss Havisham's death]].death.



* HeelRealization: When Miss Havisham finally tells Pip that [[spoiler:he will not be allowed to marry Estella, and sees the pain in him that she had been waiting for, she is ultimately not satisfied at all and is only left feeling that she did the exact same thing to him that her fiancé did to her (as well as ruining Estella's chances at a normal life in the name of petty revenge-by-proxy). By the time Pip next meets her, she's gone from sadistic old woman to a suicidal wreck willing to part with vast amounts of her fortune to try to make it up to him.]]

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* HeelRealization: When Miss Havisham finally tells Pip that [[spoiler:he he will not be allowed to marry Estella, and sees the pain in him that she had been waiting for, she is ultimately not satisfied at all and is only left feeling that she did the exact same thing to him that her fiancé did to her (as well as ruining Estella's chances at a normal life in the name of petty revenge-by-proxy). By the time Pip next meets her, she's gone from sadistic old woman to a suicidal wreck willing to part with vast amounts of her fortune to try to make it up to him.]]



* {{Hikikomori}}: Miss Havisham reacts to being jilted on her supposed wedding day by locking herself away in one room of her house for thirty years.



* ICouldaBeenAContender: Subverted--[[spoiler:Pip learns to resign himself to being, at best, a mildly successful businessman]].
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Even after he learns he was never meant for Estella, Pip still begs her to reject the abusive Drummle and marry someone who actually ''loves'' her.]]

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* ICouldaBeenAContender: Subverted--[[spoiler:Pip Subverted--Pip learns to resign himself to being, at best, a mildly successful businessman]].
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* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Even Even after he learns he was never meant for Estella, Pip still begs her to reject the abusive Drummle and marry someone who actually ''loves'' her.]]



* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler: Orlick]] confesses to attacking Mrs. Joe and spying on Pip.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Drummle, after abusing Estella for their entire marriage, is killed by [[TheDogBitesBack a horse he'd mistreated.]]]]

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* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler: Orlick]] Orlick confesses to attacking Mrs. Joe and spying on Pip.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Drummle, Drummle, after abusing Estella for their entire marriage, is killed by [[TheDogBitesBack a horse he'd mistreated.]]]]]]



* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:While he knows she's unlikely happy with Drummle, Pip tells Magwitch that his daughter lived and has become a beautiful young lady so the man can die happy.]]

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* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:While While he knows she's unlikely happy with Drummle, Pip tells Magwitch that his daughter lived and has become a beautiful young lady so the man can die happy.]]



* LonelyAtTheTop: Pip becomes a wealthy gentleman, abandoning his poor but decent friends back home and becoming as shallow as the {{Rich Bitch}}es he's surrounded with to do so. And [[spoiler:he doesn't even get the girl]]. ([[spoiler:He only gets her in the revised ending, depending which one]].)

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* LonelyAtTheTop: Pip becomes a wealthy gentleman, abandoning his poor but decent friends back home and becoming as shallow as the {{Rich Bitch}}es he's surrounded with to do so. And [[spoiler:he he doesn't even get the girl]]. ([[spoiler:He girl. (He only gets her in the revised ending, depending which one]].one.)



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Magwitch, a convict on the run, is revealed to be not just Estella's father, but also Pip's mysterious benefactor.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Magwitch, Magwitch, a convict on the run, is revealed to be not just Estella's father, but also Pip's mysterious benefactor.]]



* ManOnFire: [[spoiler: Miss Havisham's death.]]
* MarriageOfConvenience: Miss Havisham raises Estella to be a heartless man-eater who woos men only to completely deny them, and then marries the most boring, rich man she can find so that she can continue doing so but with money. [[spoiler: She then grows a heart by being cold when a horse kills her husband and questionably finally gets together with Pip]]. Miss Havisham trains Estella to want these things because she (Miss H) was left at the altar by the man she wanted to MarryForLove, [[spoiler:because he is a criminal]].
* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: Joe and Biddy marry, long after the death of Mrs. Joe.]]
* MaybeEverAfter: In the revised ending, not the original, suggests that Pip and Estella shall never part.

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* ManOnFire: [[spoiler: Miss Havisham's death.]]
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* MarriageOfConvenience: Miss Havisham raises Estella to be a heartless man-eater who woos men only to completely deny them, and then marries the most boring, rich man she can find so that she can continue doing so but with money. [[spoiler: She then grows a heart by being cold when a horse kills her husband and questionably finally gets together with Pip]]. Pip. Miss Havisham trains Estella to want these things because she (Miss H) was left at the altar by the man she wanted to MarryForLove, [[spoiler:because because he is a criminal]].criminal.
* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: Joe and Biddy marry, long after the death of Mrs. Joe.]]
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* MaybeEverAfter: In the revised ending, not the original, suggests that Pip and Estella shall never part. Possibly the TropeMaker. Possibly one of the most famous examples of this trope in English-language media.
--> "I saw no shadow of another parting from her."



** Averted in another instance; upon discovering how warped Estella has become, [[spoiler: Mr. Jaggers]] acknowledges that it is very unfortunate that she ended up that way, but (quite rightly) doesn't feel responsible for it, since he deliberately went out of his way to do the right thing based on the information he had at the time and had no way of knowing how it would turn out.

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** Averted in another instance; upon discovering how warped Estella has become, [[spoiler: Mr. Jaggers]] Jaggers acknowledges that it is very unfortunate that she ended up that way, but (quite rightly) doesn't feel responsible for it, since he deliberately went out of his way to do the right thing based on the information he had at the time and had no way of knowing how it would turn out.



* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:Orlick, who, as Pip points out, is responsible for his own misfortune and reputation due to his bad attitude, but still blames Pip for all of it. This is leads to him crippling Pip's sister and trying to kill Pip himself later on.]]

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* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:Orlick, Orlick, who, as Pip points out, is responsible for his own misfortune and reputation due to his bad attitude, but still blames Pip for all of it. This is leads to him crippling Pip's sister and trying to kill Pip himself later on.]]



* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Not only is [[spoiler:Magwitch Estella's father, but Compeyson, who was on the run with Magwitch, was Miss Havisham's former lover.]]
* PetTheDog: Despite cultivating the image of an AmoralAttorney, Jaggers' revelation of how he deliberately prevented the [[spoiler:infant Estella]] from growing up among the "spawn" that he sees go to the gallows on a daily basis shows that he does have a heart.

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* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Not only is [[spoiler:Magwitch Magwitch Estella's father, but Compeyson, who was on the run with Magwitch, was Miss Havisham's former lover.]]
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* PetTheDog: Despite cultivating the image of an AmoralAttorney, Jaggers' revelation of how he deliberately prevented the [[spoiler:infant Estella]] infant Estella from growing up among the "spawn" that he sees go to the gallows on a daily basis shows that he does have a heart.



* RevisedEnding: To avoid the book having a {{Bittersweet|Ending}} / DownerEnding. Dickens' friend and colleague Edward Bulwer-Lytton, after getting a sneak preview of the original ending, suggested an ending that wasn't so downbeat. Dickens then wrote a more upbeat ending which was published. Dickens himself seemed [[http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/dickens/ending.html content with the result]]. Modern printings of the novel commonly include the original, more downbeat ending as an appendix (see DeletedScene above).
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler:Magwitch's]] illegal return from Australia, which prompts Pip to have a ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules epiphany.

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* RevisedEnding: To avoid the book having a {{Bittersweet|Ending}} / DownerEnding. Dickens' friend and colleague Edward Bulwer-Lytton, after getting Bulwer-Lytton--that's right, the ItWasADarkAndStormyNight guy--got a sneak preview of the original ending, suggested an and recommended Dickens write a different ending that which wasn't so downbeat. Dickens then wrote a more upbeat ending which was published. Dickens himself seemed [[http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/dickens/ending.html content with the result]]. Modern printings of the novel commonly include the original, more downbeat ending as an appendix (see DeletedScene above).
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler:Magwitch's]] Magwitch's illegal return from Australia, which prompts Pip to have a ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules epiphany.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Compeyson is terrified that Magwitch will kill him. His very actions to dispose of Magwitch by getting him arrested not only alert Magwitch to his presence (as Magwitch didn't even know he was still alive), but gives him the opening to actually kill Compeyson.]]
* SentencedToDownUnder: Happens to [[spoiler:Magwitch]].

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Compeyson Compeyson is terrified that Magwitch will kill him. His very actions to dispose of Magwitch by getting him arrested not only alert Magwitch to his presence (as Magwitch didn't even know he was still alive), but gives him the opening to actually kill Compeyson.]]
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* SentencedToDownUnder: Happens to [[spoiler:Magwitch]].Magwitch.



* StoppedClock: Miss Havisham has all the clocks in her house stopped at twenty minutes to nine -- the moment she learned [[spoiler:she had been jilted on her wedding day]].
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Magwitch is captured, meaning he'll be executed for returning to England, but realizes [[BigBad Compeyson]] is within arm's reach. Even though he knows it'll ruin any chances of him not getting the death sentence, he grabs Compeyson and pulls him into the water where he drowns him. He also ultimately dies due to the injuries he sustained in the process.]]

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* StoppedClock: Miss Havisham has all the clocks in her house stopped at twenty minutes to nine -- the moment she learned [[spoiler:she she had been jilted on her wedding day]].
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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Magwitch Magwitch is captured, meaning he'll be executed for returning to England, but realizes [[BigBad Compeyson]] is within arm's reach. Even though he knows it'll ruin any chances of him not getting the death sentence, he grabs Compeyson and pulls him into the water where he drowns him. He also ultimately dies due to the injuries he sustained in the process.]]
21st May '17 10:56:41 AM nombretomado
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* VictorianBritain: Averted, surprisingly. Early on, it's established that the novel is set in the reign of George III (and possibly George IV, later on), likely during the early nineteenth century. The first quarter or so of the novel could even be set in the late ''eighteenth'' century, though it's unclear.
26th Dec '16 9:01:02 PM foxley
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* HumanHeadOnTheWall: A variation: Jaggers has masks of the petrified faces of criminals that he represented but who were hanged decorating his office.
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