I need help finding this quote: "The day came, but not the bridegroom... he wrote her a letter...which she received while she was dressing" (148)   This is an outdated page number, so  I would like to know in the lastest Great Expectations edition what pg number it is. Thanks!

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The passage that is quoted above is from about the middle of Chapter XXII of Dicken's Great Expectations. Herbert Pocket, formerly the "pale young gentleman" and now the new roommate at Barnyard Inn where they both have taken up residence in London, assists Pip with table manners while entertaining him with the history of Miss Havisham.  Miss Havisham was the only child of very rich and very proud widower.  As such she was spoiled, and not too pleased to later learn that she had a half-brother as a result of her father's having married a cook.  This brother, named Arthur, was "riotous" and got himself into debt as he associated with bad companions.  Since his sister was an heiress, Arthur, who was disinherited by the father, conspired with another man, who pretended to love Miss Havisham while exploiting her: 

 "He got great sums of money from her and he induced her to buy her rother out of a share in the brewery."

Herbert tells Pip that his father, Matthew Pocket, warned Miss Havisham, but she turned him out of the house.  Consequently,

"....The marriage day was fixed, the wedding dresses were bought, the wedding guests were invited.  The day came, but not the bridegroom.  He wrote a letter--"

"Which she received," I struck in, "when she was dressing for her marraige?  At twenty minutes to nine?"

"At the hour and minute," said Herer, nodding, "at which she afterward stopped all the clocks."

Herbert concludes his narrative with telling that after this, Satis House was laid to waste, and this is all he knows.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on

Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial