Find and analyse an example of domesticity (Chapter 25, Vol. II).Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
In contrast to Pip's fellow students, Bentley Drummle, who comes from rich people who raised no gentleman, and Startop, who was raised by "a weak mother," and the Pocket family who are toadies and complainers along with the frustrated Matthew and the distracted Mrs. Belinda Pocket, who reads constantly from a book of titles; Mr. John Wemmick, clerk for Mr. Jaggers, presents Pip with a veritable environment of domestic bliss.
After he and Pip walk to Walworth from the dismal streets of London, it is a refreshing change in scenery that Pip encounters. Having crossed a small moat, Wemmick has literally as well as figuratively made his home his Castle. As he escorts Pip around the winding path to the fountain where their drinks lay, Wemmick comments,
I am my own engineer, and my own carpenter, and my own plumber, and my own gardener, and my own Jack of all Trades,” said Wemmick, in acknowledging my compliments. “Well, it's a good thing, you know. It brushes the Newgate cobwebs away, and pleases the Aged. You wouldn't mind being at once introduced to the Aged, would you? It wouldn't put you out?”
Then, Wemmick greets his father and even teases him some, revealing a part of him that Pip has never seen. And, Wemmick's Aged P is, indeed, proud of his son,
This is a fine place of my son's, sir,” cried the old man, while I nodded as hard as I possibly could. “This is a pretty pleasure-ground, sir. This spot and these beautiful works upon it ought to be kept together by the Nation, after my son's time, for the people's enjoyment.”
Pip is surprised to observe how the stoic Wemmick's face softens as he speaks lovingly to his old father, the "Aged P." With fondness, Wemmick lights the canon at nine o'clock every night for his deaf father who is able to hear, at least, its boom. The dutiful son, Wemmick ensures that his guest Pip nods at his father in order to reassure him. Pip describes the supper as excellent; he is "heartily pleased with [his] whole entertainment, and [he] enjoys his little turret bedroom. Having had an excellent breakfast, Pip and Wemmick head to the office; however,
By degrees, Wemmick seemed to get drier and harder as we went along
and once they arrive, Wemmick puts away his role of the dutiful son, and he becomes ever the little wooden man with the post office mouth who works for Mr. Jaggers.