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Written by: Charles Dickens

Type of Work: serial story turned novel

Genre: Victorian Literature; social commentary

Main Characters: Pip; Miss Havisham; Estella

First Published: 1860

Setting: Early 1800s; London and Kent

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What does it mean to obtrude someone? (From Dickens's Great Expectations)

To obtrude is to offer or force something upon others unasked. Looking toward the open window, I saw light wreaths from Joe's pipe floating there, and I fancied it was like a blessing from Joe — not obtruded . . . More

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