She had not quite finished dressing, for she had but one shoe on – the other was on the table near her hand – her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on, and some lace for her bosom lay with those trinkets, and with her handkerchief, and gloves, and some flowers, and a prayer-book, all confusedly heaped about the looking-glass.
It was not in the first few moments that I saw all these things, though I saw more of them in the first moments than might be supposed.’ And this is what helps the reader create a good mental picture.
When you get up to that point the obvious person that was the mysterious benefactor was Miss Havisham, who I will talk more about in the next section.
“Great Expectations” Chapter Eight In chapter eight the young Pip is still the narrator but his language is more pretentious and detailed to reflect the fact that it is no longer a frightened boy that is speaking to the reader.
This is to give the reader an idea of the scenes so they can create a mental picture.
This imagery makes things easier to understand, especially as ‘Great Expectations’ was originally written in serial form in the newspaper.
Pip describes to us the clothes she is wearing and the state they are in and this tells us that she has left things the same for a very long time.
‘But, I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its lustre, and was faded and yellow.’ Miss Havisham has spent her life dwelling on one incident that happened when she was young.
If you walked down the street and saw a house like this the impression you get is not a good one and you wouldn’t think the people that lived there are the nicest in the world. ‘No glimpse of daylight was to be seen…’ Miss Havisham is a strange woman.
‘…the strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see.’ Charles Dickens uses Pip to give the reader a good description of the scene, ‘She was dressed in rich materials – satins, and lace, and silks – all of white. And she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair, but her hair was white.