What is remarkable about Mr. Jaggers house-keeper in Great Expectations?

Expert Answers

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

More on the wrists of Molly: When Drummle shows how muscular his arm is and the other young men "fell to baring and spanning our arms in a ridiculous manner," Mr. Jaggers suddenly claps "his large hand on the housekeeper's like a trap" as she reaches across the table.  "If you talk of strength," said Mr. Jaggers, "I'll show you a wrist...."

Jaggers shows the young men a wrist deeply scarred, telling them "There's power here."  He explains that she has a wrist stronger than most men; the hands have a great "force of grip," as well.

Later in the novel, Pip learns what these remarkable wrists have done.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

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