Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Why is Biddy a good nurse and housekeeper?

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One reason Biddy is a good nurse is because she is a loving, trusting soul of discernment. When Biddy was released from Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt's service (because the great-aunt had overcome the "bad habit of living"), she went with "a small speckled box containing the whole of her worldly effects" to be a comfort to Joe and Pip in Joe's household. Her first "triumph" of service to Pip's invalid sister was an act of discernment and intuition and was to interpret the meaning of the T-like hammer (or hammer-like T) Pip's sister persisted in drawing on Pip's chalk slate. Biddy correctly interpreted the symbol as representative of Orlick (the blacksmith); thence began the processionals of "Orlick's slouching in and standing doggedly before her." Biddy's loving and trusting nature is revealed when, in a callous moment, Pip forgets her role in his early education and she, with a teardrop on her cheek, reminds him of it, saying: "I was your first teacher though; wasn't I?" Her tenderly caring...

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