Friday, August 19, 2011

Great Expectations...

One of my favourite descriptive pieces in a book is from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
(I read it again on my holiday in Holland.)
It is an excerpt from the book where Pip is describing the scene he finds in Miss Haversham's house when he firsts visits:

"The most prominent object was a long table with a tablecloth spread on it, as if a feast had been in preparation when the house and the clocks all stopped together. An ├ępergne or centre-piece of some kind was in the middle of this cloth; it was so heavily overhung with cobwebs that its form was quite undistinguishable; and, as I looked along the yellow expanse out of which I remember its seeming to grow, like a black fungus, I saw speckled-legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it, and running out from it, as if some circumstance of the greatest public importance has just transpired in the spider community.
I heard the mice too, rattling behind the panels, as if the same occurrence were important to their interests. But the black beetles took no notice of the agitation, and groped about the hearth in a ponderous elderly way, as if they were short-sighted and hard of hearing, and not on terms with one another."

1 comment:

  1. Hey Mandy,
    thanks for that :) what an awesome piece of prose. Haven't read Great Expectations yet.... thinking it's probably about time!
    Heidi X