Great Expectations


The garden was too overgrown and rank for walking in with ease, and after we had made the round of it twice or thrice, we came out again into the brewery yard. I showed her to a nicety where I had seen her walking on the casks, that first old day, and she said with a cold and careless look in that direction, “Did I?” I reminded her where she had come out of the house, and given me my meat and drink, and she said, “I don’t remember.” “Not remember that you made me cry?” said I. “No,” said she, and shook her head and looked about her. I verily believe that her not remembering and not minding in the least, made me cry again, inwardly-and that is the sharpest crying of all.

“You must know,” said Estella, condescending to me as a brilliant and beautiful woman might, “that I have no heart-if that has anything to do with my memory.”

-Excerpted from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 1861

  1. According to the passage, which of these descriptions best matches the speaker?
  • a character in the story who has no part of the action
  • the elderly father of Estelia
  • a speaker who is observing the actions of Estella and the other characters, but not taking part in the action
  • a young man who is part of the story
  • one of Estella’s relatives
  1. How does the narrator appear to feel about Estella?
  • in love with her
  • afraid of her
  • angry with her
  • Apologetic
  • excited and motivated
  1. Which of the following words best describes the tone of the passage?
  • Entertaining
  • Spontaneous
  • Easy-going
  • Bitter
  • heartbreaking