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I need a simplified description of Mr. Wemmick's cottage from Great Expectations, and...
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Much like John Wemmick himself, Walworth is diminutive, but mighty. When Pip walks home with Wemmick, he is surprised. Wemmick's house was a little wooden cottage in the middle of garden plots with the top of it "cut out and painted like a battery mounted with guns." Since a battery is a fortification equipped with artillery, the top of his little house looks like a fortress. Wemmick also has a large flag on a pole, and he runs up a real flag. In addition, there is a little moat with a miniature drawbridge for his castle/cottage. The bridge is only a plank and the "moat" is but four feet wide and two feet deep. At nine o'clock Greenwich (official) time, the miniature cannon is fired; Wemmick has named this mighty gun "Stinger." The cannon is mounted is a separate structure, a "fortress" made of latticework. A little tarpaulin protects the gun much like an unbrella. All of these constructions have been fashioned by Wemmick, who calls himself his "own Jack-of-all-trades."
Provisions for his fortress are provided by a pig, fowls, rabbits, cucumbers and other vegetables. Wemmick takes great pride in his little world that pleases his Aged Parent and brushes away "the cobwebs" of Little Britain.
Posted by mwestwood on July 31, 2011 at 5:55 AM (Answer #1)
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