Charles Dickens quote about contempt from Great Expectations - Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.
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Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.
 Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861). copy citation

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Author Charles Dickens
Source Great Expectations
Topic contempt contagiousness
Date 1861
Language English
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“said Estella with disdain, before our first game was out. «And what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots!»
I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before; but I began to consider them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.
She won the game, and I dealt. I misdealt, as was only natural, when I knew she was lying in wait for me to do wrong; and she denounced me for a stupid, clumsy laboring-boy.
«You say nothing of her,» remarked Miss Havisham to me, as she looked on.” source

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