Being soaped, kneaded, toweled, thumped, harrowed, and rasped with water-butt. I had to check what water-butt means: a butt (large barrel like container) set on end to contain water especially to store rainwater. PHEW!
A bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist of a story from youth to adulthood. Read coming-of-age story. Great Expectations is a bildungsroman.
Self-consciousness is an acute sense of self-awareness. It is a preoccupation with oneself, as opposed to the philosophical state of self-awareness, which is the awareness that one exists as an individual being. According to Schopenhauer, man can, through self-consciousness, make a choice between affirming or denying the will.
Your moment of truth is here. Move slowly away from what you no longer want. So be careful! No one is indispensable. Take a couple of deep breaths before you shoot your mouth off. Be silent and see what comes toward you.
Our hero went to school one hour a day, and his teacher slept through the lessons. No surprise that he “bramble-bushed” the Alphabet. A bramble is any rough, (usually wild) tangled prickly shrub, specifically the blackberry bush.
Charles Dickens was obsessed with the idea of a gentleman, what it meant in Victorian society, who was part of it. Being a gentleman for Dickens wasn’t as much about money as it was about style, manners, and knowledge. I truly think this still holds today.
Author Philip Larkin doesn’t like the whole Dickens Method. He considers Dickens an entertainer, not to be regarded as a real writer at all; not even a real novelist. Many scholars describe Larkin’s work as lowered sights and diminished expectations: that makes total sense.