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.
According to the anthropologist Alfred-Louis Kroeber, the female silhouette regularly revolves through one of three basic shapes—bustle, scabbard, bell.
Hammering smoke: I see lots of people doing it all the time.
Sometimes it seems hard to believe that Great Expectations was written in 1860. The letter Pip writes to Joe described in this page is so Dada. On a side note, I have a soft spot for blackboards.
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.
The M.C. in M.C. Escher stands for Maurits Cornelis. He was Dutch and he did the best tessellations I have ever seen.
I never liked playing Truth or Dare. I always thought it’s an excuse to ask or do stupid crap.
“Look at the circles under my eyes. I haven’t slept in weeks!” -Cowardly Lion
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.