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My sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery, was more than twenty years older than I, and had established a great reputation with herself and the neighbours because she had brought me up ‘by hand.’ Having at that time to find out for myself what the expression meant, and knowing her to have a hard and heavy hand, and to be much in the habit of laying it upon her husband as well as upon me, I supposed that Joe Gargery and I were both brought up by hand.
She was not a good-looking woman, my sister; and I had a general impression that she must have made Joe Gargery marry her by hand. Joe was a fair man, with curls of flaxen hair on each side of his smooth face, and with eyes of such a very undecided blue that they seemed to have somehow got mixed with their own whites. He was a mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish, dear fellow - a sort of Hercules in strength, and also in weakness.

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Updated 14 Jun 2010 at 09:22 AM by Nick

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  1. dog$'s Avatar
    My initial reply was going to be a "they called me Pip" quote without even realizing what this is from.

    Dickens wouldn't be Dickens if he didn't write like Dickens, I guess.
  2. Drewbacca's Avatar
    Deep Dickens up in here.


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