“No time to spare”


I don’t know if anyone else has ever caught this, but in Great Expectations, Dickens repeats a phrase. I don’t know if he does it on purpose, or if it was purely an accident? 

“I had no time for verification, no time for selection, no time for anything, for I had no time to spare.”

– Chapter 2, Great Expectations


“Towards the marshes I now went straight, having no time to spare.”

– Chapter 52, Great Expectations


Scenes in the Tarot: the Nine of Swords

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Fiery K. Tarot

(italics mine)

“Guilty Conscience”- is a key phrase I never really connected with the Nine of Swords until seeing the above graphic after listening to the various parts in Great Expectations where the protagonist Pip is tormented by anxiety after committing some heinous (to him) deed that he was sure he was going to be punished for. The first glimpse we get of the Nine of Swords in Pip’s experience is after he has agreed to steal food and a file for an escaped convict:

from Chapter Two:

“My thoughts strayed from that question as I looked disconsolately at the fire. For, the fugitive out on the marshes with the ironed leg, the mysterious young man, the file, the food, and the dreadful pledge I was under to commit a larceny on those sheltering premises, rose before me in the avenging coals.” (Dickens)



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