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Charles Dickens's Great Expectations was first published in 1861. Pip, a poor orphan who is cared for by his sister and her husband, meets the young girl who will become the lifetime object of his affections while simultaneously becoming aware of his lowly position in the caste system.
I must have been about ten years old when I went to Miss Havisham's, andfirst met Estella.My uncle Pumblechook, who kept a cornchandler's shop in the high-street of thetown, took me to the large old, dismal house, which had all its windows barred. For05miles round everybody had heard of Miss Havisham as an immensely rich and grimlady who led a life of seclusion; and everybody soon knew that Mr. Pumblechook hadbeen commissioned to bring her a boy.He left me at the courtyard, and a young lady, who was very pretty and seemed veryproud, let me in, and I noticed that the passages were all dark, and that there was a10candle burning. My guide, who called me "boy," but was really about my own age, wasas scornful of me as if she had been one-and-twenty, and a queen. She led me to MissHavisham's room, and there, in an armchair, with her elbow resting on the table, satthe strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see.She was dressed in rich materials—satins and lace and silks—all of white—or rather,15which had been white, but, like all else in the room, were now faded yellow. Her shoeswere white, and she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and bridal flowersin her hair; but her hair was white. I saw that the bride within the bridal dress hadwithered like the dress."Who is it?" said the lady at the table.20"Pip, ma'am. Mr. Pumblechook's boy.""Come nearer; let me look at you; come close. You are not afraid of a woman whohas never seen the sun since you were born?""No, ma'am.""Do you know what I touch here?" she said, laying her hands, one upon the other,25on her left side."Yes, ma'am; your heart.""Broken!" She was silent for a little while, and then added, "I am tired; I want diversion.Play, play, play!"What was an unfortunate boy to do? I didn't know how to play.30"Call Estella," said the lady. "Call Estella, at the door."It was a dreadful thing to be bawling "Estella" to a scornful young lady in a mysteriouspassage in an unknown house, but I had to do it. And Estella came, and I heard hersay, in answer to Miss Havisham, "Play with this boy! Why, he is a common labouringboy!"35I thought I overheard Miss Havisham answer, "Well? You can break his heart."We played at beggar my neighbour, and before the game was out Estella said disdainfully,"He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy! And what coarse hands he has! And whatthick boots!"I was very glad to get away. My coarse hands and my common boots had never40troubled me before; but they troubled me now, and I determined to ask Joe why he hadtaught me to call those picture cards Jacks which ought to be called knaves.For a long time I went once a week to this strange, gloomy house—it was called SatisHouse—and once Estella told me I might kiss her.And then Miss Havisham decided I was to be apprenticed to Joe, and gave him ?2545for the purpose; and I left off going to see her, and helped Joe in the forge. But I didn'tlike Joe's trade, and I was afflicted by that most miserable thing—to feel ashamed ofhome.I couldn't resist paying Miss Havisham a visit; and, not seeing Estella, stammeredthat I hoped she was well.50"Abroad," said Miss Havisham; "educating for a lady; far out of reach; prettier thanever; admired by all who see her. Do you feel that you have lost her?"I was spared the trouble of answering by being dismissed, and went home dissatisfiedand uncomfortable, thinking myself coarse and common, and wanting to be agentleman.
1. The passage can best be summarized as which one of the following statements?
2. The passage is generally organized
3. The second paragraph (lines 3-7) serves to explain
4. As used in line 12, the word "resting" most closely means
5. What best describes Miss Havisham's appearance?
6. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
7. How does Pip feel about his current social and economic circumstances?
8. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
9. The paragraph in lines 39-41 highlights Pip's feeling
10. As used in line 46, the word "afflicted" most closely means
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