Great Expectations

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Wemmick beats to the sound of his own drum. He has a wry sense of humor and is completely spontaneous. Example;

"When we had fortified ourselves with the rum-and-milk and biscuits, and were going out for the walk with that training preparation on us, I was considerably surprised to see Wemmick take up a fishing-rod, and put it over his shoulder. ‘Why, we are not going fishing!’ said I. ‘No,’ returned Wemmick, ‘but I like to walk with one.’

I thought this odd; however, I said nothing, and we set off. We went towards Camberwell Green, and when we were thereabouts, Wemmick said suddenly:

‘Halloa! Here’s a church!’

There was nothing very surprising in that; but a gain, I was rather surprised, when he said, as if he were animated by a brilliant idea: ‘Let’s go in!’

We went in, Wemmick leaving his fishing-rod in the porch, and looked all round. In the mean time, Wemmick was diving into his coat-pockets, and getting something out of paper there.

‘Halloa!’ said he. ‘Here’s a couple of pair of gloves! Let’s put ‘em on!’

As the gloves were white kid gloves, and as the post-office was widened to its utmost extent, I now began to have my strong suspicions. They were strengthened into certainty when I beheld the Aged enter at a side door, escorting a lady.

‘Halloa!’ said Wemmick. ‘Here’s Miss Skiffins! Let’s have a wedding.’ (Page 809)

Note, this is his personal persona, which is never revealed in the workplace and is saved for the comfort of his own home. In fact, Jaggers (Wemmick's boss) has never been invited to his home because he won't allow the seriousness of work to invade his home. Wemmick's home is a haven, his father and family a sense of great joy, and his surroundings dictate his mood. Business stays at the office; home is for merriment and good times.


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