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“Well,” said Wemmick, “he’ll give you wine, and good wine. I’ll give you punch, and not bad punch….”

September19

Read chapters 23-26 (or chaps 4-7 of Volume II) of Great Expectations.  Then, compare and contrast Pip’s experiences at Mr. Wemmick’s and Mr. Jaggers’ homes.  How do these experiences contribute to Pip’s education in the ways of the world?

Be sure to use specific details from the text to support your opinions.

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““Well,” said Wemmick, “he’ll give you wine, and good wine. I’ll give you punch, and not bad punch….””

  1. September 19th, 2011 at 6:14 pm      Reply alwynp2 Says:

    Dinner at Mr. Jaggers and Mr. Wemmick was very different for Pip. When Mr. Wemmick takes Pip into his “Castle”, Pip is flabbergasted. Mr. Wemmick is cheerful unlike his dry and hard office self. Pip finds an old person sitting by the fire: clean, comfortable, and well cared for. On page 208, Mr. Wemmick says: “When I go into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come into the Castle, I leave the office behind me.” In the morning, Pip says that Mr. Wemmick was cleaning his boots, and then gardening. After, Pip says that Mr. Wemmick became harder and dryer back into his office self, just like a werewolf transforming on a full moon. Mr. Jaggers house is COMPLETELY different. It has dirty windows, bare, gloomy, and little used. The table had no silver; there was a dumbwaiter on the side of his chair, with a variety of bottles and decanters on it, four dishes of fruit for dessert. There was a bookcase filled with books on things like evidence, criminal law, trials, etc. He also has a housekeeper named Molly. He shows everyone Molly’s disfigured wrist. Pip’s visit to Mr. Wemmicks and Mr. Jaggers home is more differently than he expected.


  2. September 19th, 2011 at 7:01 pm      Reply jessicab4 Says:

    Pip , who has thought of Mr Wemmick as a dry but friendly old man, is shocked when finds that his home is warm and comfortable. He discovers that Mr Wemmick is much different at home than at Mr. Jaggers’ office. He is warm and friendly. This can not be said about Mr. Jagers’ home. It is dirty, gloomy, and bare. He has a housekeeper named Molly. Pip is superised at the state of both Mr.Jaggers’ and Mr. Wemmick homes.


  3. September 19th, 2011 at 7:04 pm      Reply michaelt10 Says:

    Mr. Pip had very different experiences at Mr. Jagger’s and Mr. Wemmick’s houses. Mr. Wemmick has a split personality between his home and work. He says, “No; the office life is one thing, and privet life is another.” He makes sure he gets the job done at work, and allows himself some alone time at home. He has a very small house in a garden, but is a very nice home. An aged parent also lives with him. Mr. Jagger’s house was a very different story. It doesn’t seem like he even cares about the whole house, and leaves some of it very dirty. He only has a few nice rooms. He also has a strange comment about his housekeeper’s wrist which I didn’t really get.


  4. September 19th, 2011 at 7:14 pm      Reply elizabethp4 Says:

    In Mr. Wemmick’s home, it’s much more like HOME to Pip. It’s used, and it’s a place that can actually be a home. While Mr. Jaggers’s home is like his personality – cold and unused. I think that Dickens purposely made the houses like that, so that Pip can see the actual difference between the two characters – the homes just drive the point home that Mr. Jaggers is heartless. But something that I do wonder: if he’s not using his money to have a nice, big, CLEAN house, what does Mr. Jaggers use the money on? If it’s not used on a home, then I’m at loss. Homes are usually what rich people use to express their wealth.
    Not to mention that Mr. Jaggers showed Pip his maid, Molly’s, wrist. It kind of scared me, to be honest…


    • September 19th, 2011 at 8:26 pm      Reply shianak3 Says:

      I agree with you about your theory of Dickens purpose. I also think Mr. Jagger has some secret illegal businesses going on and that is what he spends his money on.


    • September 19th, 2011 at 8:26 pm      Reply Ben E. Says:

      I think that the reason that Mr. Jagger’s home seems so unused and dirty is that when you have such a large home for one person, a lot of the home becomes dirty, unused and neglected. On the same note Mr. Wemmick’s “castle” is so small it can easily be cleaned, well furnished, and cared for.


    • September 19th, 2011 at 9:04 pm      Reply kevinj3 Says:

      I agree. Dickens is probably trying to firmly put into the reader’s mind to contrast Jaggers and Wemmick’s real personality to the personality they seem to have.


    • September 19th, 2011 at 9:26 pm      Reply lucyl2 Says:

      I think that the reason Mr. Jagger’s home is so… horrible looking is because he is so busy with his work that he may not really have time to create something beautiful with it/ care.


      • September 19th, 2011 at 9:44 pm      Reply autumnn2 Says:

        I think that Jaggers is too busy working to really take the time and effort to care for his home and that Wemmicks doesn’t exactly spend all of his time worrying and working on his home, he obviously spends more time with other things than taking the time to enjoy work.


    • September 19th, 2011 at 10:45 pm      Reply Anton Says:

      I like how you described Mr. Jaggers personality as cold and unused. Its a very fitting description


  5. September 19th, 2011 at 7:16 pm      Reply briannab3 Says:

    Mr. Wemmicks’ house and Mr. Jaggers’ house were two different worlds. Mr. Wemmicks had transformed from his hard, dry, “post office” self to a cheery and friendly companion! His house or “Castle” matched his new personality. He had planted his own garden and built his own house, and made sure his father was clean, neat and happy. As Wemmicks said, he leaves the office behind when he enters the Castle. He takes pride in being his own engineer, carpenter, plumber, gardener and Jack of All Trades. He is very self-sufficient and happy with his life outside of the office. The next morning, after gardening and cleaning Pip’s boots, they make their way back to the office and when they get there, there is no evidence of the jolly Wemmicks that had existed at the Castle. On the other hand, Mr. Jaggers’ house seems sad and empty, along with having dirty windows. As Pip describes it, it was bare, gloomy and little used. In fact, it was so melancholy that the garlands reminded Pip of nooses. Mr. Jaggers evidently brings work home with him because he had papers piled up and bookshelves full of criminal law books. Dinner at Mr. Wemmicks and dinner at Mr. Jaggers could not be more different.


  6. September 19th, 2011 at 7:21 pm      Reply carak1 Says:

    In these chapters, Pip visits both Mr. Jaggers’s house and Mr. Wemmick’s house for supper. These experiences were vastly different, and both speak to the character of the host. Pip’s first visit was to Mr. Wemmick’s place and he found Mr. Wemmick to be a very pleasant man outside of work. He, Mr. Wemmick, kept his professional and personal lives quite separate. He seemed to drop his professional and dry manner off his shoulders on his way home from work and the opposite on his way to work. He was much more lively and personal at home. Mr. Wemmick was very proud of his house which he had built. He provided Pip with a delicious supper and breakfast and treated him very warmly. Mr. Wemmick also was very kind to his aged father and made sure to keep him comfortable and happy. Altogether, Pip’s experience at Mr. Wemmick’s home was a pleasant one.
    Pip’s experience at Mr. Jaggers’s was pleasant as well, however it was much different than his other dinner experience. Mr. Jaggers strangely took a liking to Drummle, despite Drummle’s rude and uninterested attitude. Mr. Jaggers, unlike Mr. Wemmick, brought his work home with him both literally and figuratively. He had papers and books relating to his profession. He also was very much in the same cut and dry manner as out of work. He didn’t have real silver and he made his company go at 9:30, whereas Mr. Wemmick had Pip stay the night. Mr. Jaggers also showed off his housekeeper’s disfigured wrists to his company. He was very similar in his attitude to his work self. I think this speaks to the characters of the two hosts. Mr. Wemmick is kind, warm, and a Jack-of-all-Trades. Mr. Jaggers is very invested in his work both at home and at work. He is not much more pleasant at home than in the office.


  7. September 19th, 2011 at 7:25 pm      Reply sharonm1 Says:

    Mr. Wemmick and Mr. Jaggers are very different in their personalities which made Pip’s experience with each of them uniquely different and far from what he expected. When Pip walked into Wemmick’s house he found an elderly person sitting by the fire looking well cared for and comfortable. At work Mr. Wemmick was professional and “dry” but at his “castle” Mr. Wemmick is portrayed as having a happy and friendly attitude towards Pip. At the end of chapter 25 you see that as Mr. Wemmick gets ready for the next day, he transforms into his usual professional self. Just as Pip was surprised by Mr. Wemmick’s personality difference, he was equally very surprised by Mr. Jagger’s house. The house was bare and gloomy with dirty windows, a dumbwaiter filled with junk, and a bookcase filled with books on evidence, criminal law, trials, etc. I don’t think Pip expected the house of a gentleman to look like this. He would have thought that Mr. Wemmick would have an austere home that reflected his dry personality and Mr. Jagger would have the fine, beautiful house because of his status as a gentleman. Yet again there is the idea of Pip’s expectations not being met and things not always being what they appear on the surface.


  8. September 19th, 2011 at 8:17 pm      Reply maevew1 Says:

    Pip’s experiences at Jagger’s and at Wemmicks are completely different. Wemmick’s house is like a castle and Jagger’s house is dark and gloomy. When Pip goes to Wemmicks house, Wemmick acts happy and joyful, while when he is at work he is “dry”. Wemmick lives with his parent who is well cared for. Jagger’s house is dirty, dark, and creepy. There are shelves of criminal law and justice books. In these chapters I think Charles Dickens is portraying the theme “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Each of the houses are opposite of what Pip thought them to be.


  9. September 19th, 2011 at 8:24 pm      Reply shianak3 Says:

    Pip had very captivating evenings spent at Wemmick’s and Mr.Jagger’s home. I found many differences between Mr. Jagger’s and Wemmick’s abodes. Mr.Jaggers lived at a normal quiet home that can be mistaken for being abandoned. The windows are dirty, it is creepy and only a small portion of the whole house is used. He also has a strange housekeeper who has severely injured wrists that Mr. Jagger admires and shows off to Pip and his companions. I found it strange how Mr.Jaggers only has a housekeeper who does all the jobs including bringing out food. Pip noticed how Mr. Jagger serves the food, plates, and utensils to everyone, not the housekeeper. She just brings out the food, and disappears. Wemmick’s house to me was the complete opposite and much more at ease. Wemmick was very relaxed and happy at his “castle”. He doesn’t actually live in a castle but he calls it his castle because he is very proud of it. Wemmick’s home is warm, comfy, and it suits him. Unlike Mr.Jagger’s home, Wemmick has a garden and has servants that SERVE the food. He has multiple servants that do different jobs. The Wemmick at his “castle” is very different to the Wemmick in the office. I found it interesting how Wemmick says, “When I go into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come into the Castle, I leave the office behind me.” Mr. Jaggers was the complete opposite. He had shelves filled with books for his job. Pip also observed how there was a table filled with work papers. I think Wemmick and Mr. Jagger cannot be any more different.


  10. September 19th, 2011 at 8:29 pm      Reply bridgetd1 Says:

    Pip’s dinner at Mr. Wemmick’s house was a lot quieter than it was at Mr. Jaggers’s house. At Mr. Wemmick’s house they had a nice and simple dinner that was still delicious. They talked happily and sometimes seriously and enjoyed themselves very much. In the morning they had an equally as satisfying breakfast and left to go back to Mr. Jaggers’s house.
    Dinner a Mr. Jaggers’s house was a lot different. He invited Startop, Bentley Drummble, and Herbert to dinner as well as Pip. They had a waiter and a housemaid serving them and didn’t talk that much. Mr. Jaggers talked to Drummble quite often though. They had a rather elaborate dinner and it was less enjoyable than Mr. Wemmick’s. Towards the end Mr. Jaggers made his housemaid, Molly, show them her wrists, something she obviously didn’t want to do. One of her wrist was badly disfigured and scarred and Mr. Jaggers thought it symbolized his power. After that Pip and Drummble got into an argument about how selfish Drummble was. They all left in a sort of upset or angry mood.


    • September 19th, 2011 at 10:26 pm      Reply leonl2 Says:

      I believe the housemaid Molly was the only one serving them. Furthermore, I don’t think that in the end they left in a totally upset or angry mood. Drummble might have been a bit upset but Pip and Startop and Pip don’t seem to have been angry.


  11. September 19th, 2011 at 8:37 pm      Reply ashleys2 Says:

    Pip’s experiences at Wemmicik’s house and Jaggers house are as different as day and night. Pip visits Wemmick’s house in Chapter 25. When he arrives there, he says that his house is “a little wooden cottage in the midsts of plots of garden”. When he goes inside, his house looks like a dreamlike castle. At the dinner, Pip realizes that Wemmick is happy and joyful at home, with his “Aged Parent” whom he lives with. But as he is getting ready for work the next day, Wemmick changes into his usual bleak and boring self. The next night Pip visits Jaggers’s house. Expecting it to be wonderful and gentleman-like, it is instead oppressive and gloomy. He shares it only with his depressing house-keeper Molly. She has scars all over her wrists, which is a bit disturbing to me. I think that Wemmick’s split personality indicates that there is some happiness inside of Wemmick.


  12. September 19th, 2011 at 8:48 pm      Reply corinnen2 Says:

    When Pip goes to Mr. Wemmick’s home he is very impressed. Wemmick lives in a castle with gothic features like the windows. Wemmick also lives with his parent and takes care of everything, even gardening. He is also very happy and cheerful when he isn’t at work and doesn’t even like to talk about it. Pip has a totally different experience when he goes to Mr. Jaggars’ home. Here everything was dirty, dusty, old, and creepy. When they were in one of the rooms Pip saw a bookshelf with books on it about criminals, and the law. Mr. Jaggars also had a house maid and she was a very interesting character. Mr. Jaggars wanted to show everyone her wrists and she felt very uncomfortable when this was happening. I think that Pip expected Mr. Jaggars to live somewhat like Mr. Wemmick, and Mr. Wemmick like Mr. Jaggars. I think that Pip really likes Mr. Wemmick and feels comfortable being with him. With Mr. Jaggars I think that Pip respects him but doesn’t really like him. I think that what Dickens is trying to say about the ways of the world is that if you don’t really have anything other than work and money in your life, then you can wind up unhappy and unfulfilled like Mr. Jaggars. But if you have two different lives, one personal and one work, then you can really enjoy life as Mr. Wemmick does.


  13. September 19th, 2011 at 8:49 pm      Reply kevinj3 Says:

    Pip visited both Jaggers’s and Wemmick’s homes and was surprised at what he saw at both of them. Jaggers’s was dirty and not well cared for. He has only one uninteresting maid, Molly who does everything. At dinner, with Startop and Drummle, Mr. Jaggers wasn’t very talkative to Pip. Mr. Jaggers seems to not care about his home or doesn’t have the money to. I wonder what other things he could be spending his money on because he should be rich as a lawyer. Wemmick’s home in contrast, was clean, huge, and over the top. Wemmick seems to have completely changed from when he was at work. He seems much more talkative and interesting at home. I think Dickens is trying to convey that just because someone seems gloomy or uninteresting, it doesn’t symbolize that they are. Wemmick seemed happy and cheerful at dinner and had a totally different personality.


  14. September 19th, 2011 at 8:50 pm      Reply johnk4 Says:

    Mr Wemmick seems to be nicer then Mr Jaggers. Mr Jaggers’s personality seems to be more coarse then Mr Wemmick. Also their places are very different. Mr wemmicks is a different person depending on the place. At work he is a mean do-it-all person while at home he is a gentle person. Mr Jaggers is rude. He bosses peple around. His house is very cold and depressing just like him. Mr Wemmicks’s house is more lively. Mr Jaggers complains about prices while Mr wemmick is very polite. Mr Wemmicks offers him a biscuit. Mr Jagger’s house is untouched and Mr Wemmick’s house is used. These people are very different and do not fit in the same catergory if there was a chart.


    • September 19th, 2011 at 9:48 pm      Reply harrisond1 Says:

      I like how you talked about the metaphor with the categories and the chart; it makes it easier to visualize their differences.


  15. September 19th, 2011 at 8:57 pm      Reply amandaj3 Says:

    In chapters 23-26, Pip gets the chance to visit Mr. Wemmick’s and Mr. Jagger’s homes. There are many differences between Mr. Wemmick and Mr. Jagger. Mr. Wemmick seems like a totally different person at work. In fact, I’d say he has a split personality between home and work. On page 208, Mr. Wemmick says: “When I go into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come into the Castle, I leave the office behind me.” At work, Mr. Wemmick seemed “all business” and stern. Mr. Wemmick, at home, is warm and welcoming. Unlike Mr. Jaggers, Mr. Wemmick built his house all by himself and is very proud of his house. He even calls his house “castle” . I think Mr. Wemmick is such a friendly character at home. I feel that Pip can relate back to his small town house to Mr. Wemmick’s residence. Pip even meets Mr. Wemmick’s father. They all have such a great time at Mr. Wemmick’s dwelling.
    In chapter 26, Pip goes to Mr. Jagger’s house for dinner. His house is a whole different story. He takes a look around and sees that Mr. Jagger’s home is bland, boring, bare, gloomy, cold, unused, ect. As the dinner goes on, Mr. Jaggers introduces Pip to his housekeeper, Molly. Molly seems afraid of Mr. Jaggers, according to Pip. He shows Pip, Molly’s disfigured wrists. It seems very peculiar and strange to me that Mr. Jaggers would make a comment like that. I think Mr. Jagger is rude and cruel to everyone lower class. As you can see, Mr. Jagger’s and Mr. Wemmick are both completely different people and have different houses too.


  16. September 19th, 2011 at 8:58 pm      Reply nicolea4 Says:

    Being at Mr. Wemmick’s Castle and being at Mr. Jaggers’s house were two completely different experiences for Pip. Mr. Wemmick’s personality changed drastically from his work life to his home life. At home, he seemed happy and light-hearted, whereas he acted serious and businesslike at work. Mr. Wemmick’s Caslte is very small and he built it himself. He is his own engineer, carpenter, plumber, gardner, and Jack of All trades; he takes pride in his work and ability. Mr. Wemmick takes care of his father and makes sure he is well-fed and happy. The next morning when Pip and Mr. Wemmick headed to the office, there was no sign of the cheerful and jolly Mr. Wemmick who had left the Castle shortly before. On the other hand, Mr. Jaggers’s house seems sorrowful and bare. Pip described Mr. Jaggers’s house as “dolefully in want of painting and with dirty windows.” At Mr. Jaggers’s house, Pip saw a stack of papers on a little table which shows that Mr. Jaggers brings work home with him. Mr. Wemmick and Mr. Jagger’s act similarly at work, but act completely different when it comes to their lives at home.


  17. September 19th, 2011 at 9:01 pm      Reply Ben E. Says:

    Pip finds great differences in Mr. Jagger’s and Mr. Wemmick’s houses and he learns a valuable lesson too. Mr. Wemmick’s “castle” was unlike Pip’s expectations. Yes, it was small, but it was nice, clean, and there was even an old man living there with Mr. Wemmick. Mr. Wemmick’s house wasn’t lavish, the food wasn’t exquisite, but Pip liked it. He saw Mr. Wemmick’s collections. He learned how Mr. Wemmick works on the house himself, or as he says it, “I’m my own engineer, and my own carpenter, and my own plumber, and my own gardener. This shows Pip that even without money people can be happy.
    On the other hand, Mr. Jagger’s house is a dreary dump. It is dirty, unappealing, the only decorations are legal books and case files, and his servant is disgusting, ugly, and as Pip puts it, “like the faces I had seen come out of the witch’s cauldron.” Mr. Jagger’s house is so big, he can’t even keep it well kept, nor does he care. Pip highly dislikes it and learns that even if you have money, your house can still be a dump.
    Pip learns a valuable lesson Dickens is trying to convey. Money can’t buy happiness. Mr. Wemmick is perfectly content with his small house, and all who visit him are happy about it too. On the other hand, Jagger’s house is a dreary dump and I wouldn’t even believe that he likes it! Pip learned this important philosophy and will hopefully stick by it for the rest of his life.


  18. September 19th, 2011 at 9:04 pm      Reply anjuv1 Says:

    Pip’s experiences at Mr.Wemmick’s house and Mr.Jaggers house are extremely different. To Pip , Mr. Wemmick’s house is more cozy and nice looking. In the book they call Mr. Wemmick’s house “Castle”. He seems less uptight at home than at his office. According to Pip’s description of Mr.Wemmick, he is a dry at his office. In the novel, Mr.Wemmick even says that when he is at the office he leaves the “Castle” behind and when at the “Castle” he leaves the office behind. Pip’s dinner at the “Castle” was more elegant compared to his dinner at Mr.Jaggers. At Mr. Wemmick’s they used silver utensils, while at Mr.Jaggers they didn’t. When Pip had dinner at Mr.Jaggers house he realized his house was filthy and dusty. He even had a strange housekeeper. During dinner, he makes his housekeeper show her deformed wrists. Pip had completely different experiences at both Mr.Wemmick’s house and Mr.Jaggers house.


  19. September 19th, 2011 at 9:18 pm      Reply nicholasm14 Says:

    In chapters 23-26, Pip visited the houses of Mr. Wemmick and Mr. Jaggers for supper. Pip’s experiences at both houses were tremendously different, and both say something about the host. Pip first visited Mr. Wemmick after he said that it would have been an honor to offer him a bed. Mr. Wemmick was completely different at home. He was very pleasant and in good spirits outside of work. It was as if he dropped off his professional manner on his way home and picked it back up on his way to work. Mr. Wemmick’s work life and his home life were completely separate. Mr. Wemmick was proud of the home he had built. He called his home a castle, and since he engineered every part of it, he considered himself a Jack-of-all-Trades. Mr. Wemmick treated Pip with great respect and kindness, and gave him a delicious supper and breakfast. Mr. Wemmick’s aged father lived with him, and he was so kind to the man. Overall, Pip had a wonderful experience at Mr. Wemmick’s home.
    When Pip was invited to dine at Mr. Jaggers’s home, the experience was still pleasant, but very different from his experience at Mr. Wemmick’s home. Mr. Jaggers became interested in Drummle, despite the man’s rude personality. When Pip and his group came into the house they saw that Mr. Jaggers basically used what they saw and not much else. Unlike Mr. Wemmick, who dropped his work personality on the way home, Mr. Jaggers’s mind never left his work. There was even a desk with papers and a bookshelf filled with books on law. He didn’t have real silverware, but he never locked anything. He challenged any man who was brave enough to actually steal anything from him. Mr. Jaggers made Pip and his group went home at 9:30, but Mr. Wemmick let Pip stay for the night. This shows how work-oriented Mr. Jaggers is. He needs time for his work. Pip’s experiences at both houses say a lot about his hosts. Mr. Jaggers is all about work, but Mr. Wemmick is an extremely kind person out of work.


  20. September 19th, 2011 at 9:19 pm      Reply tylerf2 Says:

    Pip’s experience within both households of Mr. Wemmick and Mr. Jaggers are ones of great difference. Mr. Wemmick’s household was one of great elegance. He had maids, servants, a cook, and his house was one of great size and beauty. And the way they all spoke, it was unbelievable. They all acted as high-class rich folk.

    Now, Pip expected Mr. Jaggers house to be quite similar, however found the actual result to be the complete opposite of what he expected. Mr. Jaggers’ home was “bare and gloomy.” He also states that there were dirty windows, a bookcase filled with all sorts of books on criminal law and justice, and a dumbwaiter filled with “junk.” Pip might not make much of it and probably expected more of a man who appears to be of high-class. But Mr. Jaggers sees nothing wrong with it, and, personalt, neither do I. He likes it that way and he believes it to be his castle. Whether it be a mansoin of great size and elegance, or a small room with dirty windows and clutter all around, every man’s home is his castle, whether it looklike it or not.


  21. September 19th, 2011 at 9:25 pm      Reply lucyl2 Says:

    Pip’s experience at Mr. Jaggers and Mr. Wemmick’s house showed how different two men could be, even if they reside at the same workplace. While “hanging out” with Mr. Wemmick, we the reader and Pip find out how different he is from Mr. Jaggers, and himself at the office. At work, Mr. Wemmick is like a one-dimensional man. Basically at work he’s an average middle-aged guy that is depressed job. He’s like a painting with no color. At his “castle”, he’s the opposite. Mr. Wemmick turns into a man who’s vibrant and passionate about the work he puts into his home. It’s very inspiring. On the other hand we have Mr. Jaggers. At his work, Mr. Jaggers seems like the type of guy that dives into his career and gives a darn about nothing else. You’d think that he was such a fancy guy in the way he acts that his home would be some decked out mansion like Mr. Wemmick but it’s the opposite. His home is dingy. By looking at it you’d never guess that he was one of the most feared/ respected men in London. He has no silver utensils, or fancy furniture. All he’s got is a housekeeper named Molly with a few bottles of wine and a bowl of fruit. His life at his home appears to be a mess. So much so that you feel sorry for him. I feel like both men though can provide Pip with a good education. If Mr. Jaggers can teach Pip what he knows about succeeding in the workplace and Mr. Wemmick can educate him in how to build a home then Pip can be a perfect, well off man.


  22. September 19th, 2011 at 9:33 pm      Reply johnw2 Says:

    In the four chapters we read tonight Pip had the privilege of dining at Mr. Wemmick’s house, and Mr. Jaggers’ house. The two experiences were the direct opposite that Pip was expecting. When Pip went to Mr. Wemmick’s “castle” he discovered that it wasn’t at all that big or flashy. Mr. Wemmick is normally very dry and boring at work. However as soon as he leaves work he is a jolly upbeat man. The reason Mr. Wemmick calls his home his castle is because, he is very proud of his home. He works very hard to keep the house looking nice and clean.

    Mr. Jaggers’ house however was completely different. Though Mr. Jaggers’ house was large and looked magnificent, it really wasn’t. His house was full of cheap materials, that you wouldn’t normally see in a man of the upper class’ home, especially one of Mr. Jaggers reputation. Mr. Jaggers was so sure that his house wouldn’t be robbed that he left his doors unlocked and his windows not bolted. This shows that he knows he doesn’t have valuable items in his home. Also his home is dirtier the Mr. Wemmick’s house. This is what I noticed about the two different houses.


  23. September 19th, 2011 at 9:40 pm      Reply autumnn2 Says:

    Pip is nothing but surprised when he goes to Mr. Wemmicks and Mr. Jaggers house. Wemmicks house is more than he expected, castle like and Wemmicks because warm and comfortable unlike at work where he is dry. Wemmicks turns into this whole new person when he is at home, he opens up and becomes much more friendly and sociable where at work you can tell that he doesn’t want to be there. Jaggers’ house is very different. Jaggers’ house is dark and gloomy and messy. The place was “bare and gloomy”, random books on law filled the bookcase, and there was a dumbwaiter filled with junk. While it seems that Wemmicks, is two different people from work and home, Mr. Jaggers seems to always be at work. That’s all he constantly does; work! Wemmicks house had a happier air to it, everyone seemed to be comfortable and nothing was overdone. On the other hand, Jaggers’ house seemed like no one really cared for it, it was a place for Jaggers to sleep, and work, and make a mess. It’s obvious that Jaggers and Wemmicks both have two different types of lifestyles but I think that Pip can gain from each one. Jaggers has a great work ethic, he’s on top of things and quite successful but Wemmicks knows how to stay on top of things at home.


  24. September 19th, 2011 at 9:43 pm      Reply harrisond1 Says:

    Pip’s experiences at Mr. Wemmick’s house differ from his experiences in Mr. Jaggers house. Mr. Wemmick has a double-sided personality. At work, he is the average, hard-working man, but his bright side comes out when he returns to his home to his “castle” Mr. Wemmicks house was much more elegant than Mr. Jaggers house, and in a sense, was more homey. He had maids, servants, and cooks too. On the other hand, Mr. Jaggers house completely differs from Wemmick’s house. He is a merciless, cruel businessman who only cares about his career. His house is dirty, drab, and gloomy. He doesn’t have any fancy silverware, and doesn’t has that many maids/servants, only one by the name of Molly. His house had dirty windows, drab and gloomy halls, and an official type of look. He also said that he didn’t use all of the house. It’s strange how Mr. Jaggers, a feared and famous, yet revered businessman, has such a poor house compared to Wemmick, his clerk. From Wemmick and Jaggers, I think Pip learned that you do not need the most money to be happy.


  25. September 19th, 2011 at 9:45 pm      Reply carlya1 Says:

    Being at Mr. Wemmicks and Mr. Jaggers houses were very different experiences for Pip. When Pip visited Mr. Wemmicks house, Mr. Wemmick acted very lighthearted and sweet, quite the opposite of work, where he acted seriously and more professional. Mr. Wemmick built the “castle” himself; he is his own plumber, carpenter, engineerer, and gardner. He is very proud of his work and ability to complete such work. Mr. Wemmick takes care of an aged parent, who is his father. He keeps his father well fed and happy, even though he is deaf. Once Pip and Mr. Wemmick arrive at work the next morning, there is not even the slightest bit of the happy Mr. Wemmick left.

    Mr. Jaggers house is dull and uninteresting. At this house, Pip saw that Mr. Jaggers brings work home with him and mixes work with personal life, something Mr. Wemmick would never do. The two men act alike at the work place but, are complete opposites at home.


  26. September 19th, 2011 at 9:49 pm      Reply benjaminf Says:

    Pip’s visits to Mr. Jagger’s and Wemmicks were very different in almost every aspect. First of all, Mr. Jaggers and Wemmick are different in almost every aspect. Mr. Jaggers can be rude and when he’s nice, to me it seems like he’s plotting something. While Wemmick is very nice and only isn’t when at work. I think he acts differently at work because I think he may be afraid of Mr. Jaggers. Their personality traits input into the experience Pip had at either of their houses. At Wemmick’s, the living quarters may have been shabbier than that of Mr. Jaggers, but in a way the living quarters were better than Mr. Jagger’s because though Pip called Wemmick’s house the smallest he had ever seen. Everything seemed to have been cared for better than everything in Mr. Jagger’s house. I found this strange because Wemmick works and his one occupant is probably too old to do any housekeeping, while Mr. Jaggers may work, but he has a housekeeper to housekeep. The housekeeper Molly seems strange to me because, she is a housekeeper but the house she house keeps is dirty and her scarred muscular wrist seems interesting to me too. I think Pip’s experiences at these two dinners changed him because it taught that all gentleman don’ have to have a large well cared for house. I think that Pip learned he could be just as happy with a small house that he could love like Wemmick loved his house.


  27. September 19th, 2011 at 10:12 pm      Reply coryannm2 Says:

    Pip’s experiences at Mr. Jaggers and Wemmick’s homes were exceedingly different in every possible way. Mr. Jagger’s home was not homely, but more of a house with no personal touches. Unlike Wemmick who separates his job and home completely, Mr. Jaggers house does not differ from his place of work. There are cases and evidence from work and there are not any personal touches and decoration. He acts the same at his house as he does on the job, with his commanding and arrogant air. He could possibly induce fear in his workers and people around him. For example his maid acted rather strangely around him, then when he showed everyone her scarred wrist, it struck me as rather odd. While, in Wemmick’s home there are many personal touches. He has made his home much like a fort or castle as he calls it. His home is completely separate from his work. In his home he leads many different jobs such as: the gardener, plumber, and carpenter. Pip’s experiences at the two houses were completely different from one another.


  28. September 19th, 2011 at 10:17 pm      Reply leonl2 Says:

    When Pip went to Mr. Wemmick’s house, he found that Mr. Wemmick was a very colorful and cheerful man outside of work in his “castle”. He takes good care of the aged man, and has many hobbies such as gardening, carpentry, plumbing… Pip really enjoyed his dinner and stay at Mr.Wemmick’s. The next day, however, when Mr. Wemmick went to work, he gradually returned to his dull and dreary state.

    Dining at Mr. Jagger’s was a totally different situation. It wasn’t a friendly type of dinner, instead it was more competitive, with all 4 people displaying their strengths and all. Even at dinner, Mr. Jaggers was still business like and commanding. I thought the part where Mr. Jaggers showed Molly’s wrist to be weird, and I still don’t quite get what it means. Did Mr. Jaggers do that to her, and why is she so “dumb”?


  29. September 19th, 2011 at 10:42 pm      Reply Anton Says:

    There is a very large difference between Mr. Jaggers’s house and Mr. Wemmick’s house. Mr. Wemmick’s house is described as a castle despite its size. Although Pip knew him as a friendly but sad and gloomy man, this was not reflected in his home. When he was there Mr. Wemmick even dropped is gloomy attitude and became cheerful and light. His character is developed farther here. Mr. Jaggers, on the other hand, has a dark and dirty house. It has a very strict business feel to it. Although Mr. Jaggers is the man with a greater amount of money, it does not buy a cheerful air to his home. Money does not buy happiness.


  30. September 19th, 2011 at 10:51 pm      Reply amandaf2 Says:

    Mr. Wemmick’s house is very different than Mr. Jagger’s house. Pip finds that Mr. Wemmick is very bright and cheerful. He is very optimistic. He calls his small house a castle and is still proud of it even though it is small. I feel that Mr. Wemmick cheers Pip up. Pip really enjoys his dinner with Mr. Wenmmick. Mr. Wemmick, unlike Mr. Jaggers separates his work from his home. Mr. Jagger’s house is very dull and makes Pip feel awkward. Mr. Jaggers is very rude and arrogant. The dinner at Mr. Jaggers house is very weird and the men were very business like. In my opinion, it is very strange that Mr. Jaggers had Molly show her wrists to everyone. If I was Molly I would have felt very uncomfortable in this situation. However, I feel that her wrists probably are of some significance to the novel. Over all Pip enjoyed his dinner much more at Mr. Wemmick’s house than at Mr. Jagger’s house.


  31. September 19th, 2011 at 11:04 pm      Reply innag2 Says:

    In the chapters that we read, Pip goes to visit and have dinner at both Mr. Jagger’s and Mr. Wemmick’s homes. His experiences in both those places are vastly different. In Mr. Wemmick’s home, he goes by himself and it’s only him, Mr. Wemmick, and Mr. Wemmick’s elderly father. Also, his house is BIG. It’s describes as castle-like, and even has a drawbridge and cannons! Even though Pip always thought Mr. Wemmick was a dull, sad man, he enjoyed himself at his house, and realized there was more to Mr. Wemmick then he thought. Even though it wasn’t a six course meal served on a silver platter, the food was still very good, and had a homely feel to it. Though he thought that the elderly man was a bit strange at first, he eventually grew to liking him and nodding his head enthusiastically when the old man said anything. This whole experience reminded him a little bit of home, and he was comforted by it. This experience and the experience Pip had at Mr. Jagger’s house are polar opposites, though. First of all, Mr. Jagger made Pip bring three of his friends along, so Mr. Jagger’s can meet (and scrutinize) them. This made the entire business have a cold, hard feeling to it. What if Mr. Jagger’s didn’t approve? Could he still keep his friends? When they got to Mr. Jagger’s house, Pip realized it was as cold and icy as Mr. Jagger. Though the house seemed to be big, it also seemed empty, because Mr. Jagger only showed them three rooms which he used, and said the others didn’t matter because he didn’t use them. Also, the dinner was vastly different. It was served by a housekeeper that seemed forlorn and lost, almost as though she was a slave to Mr. Jagger, and she also had cuts on her wrists. Why? What did those cuts signify? Also, the dinner was an enormous meal of all kinds of different exotic foods that were very rare to Pip, and Mr. Jagger made sure to give them all their cutlery only through him, to make sure that he was the most important man, so they knew that he made all the choices. Why is Mr. Jagger so cruel? I know that now, Pip will always know that what Mr. Jagger says, goes, no matter what. I hope that won’t come back to bite him later on.


  32. September 19th, 2011 at 11:07 pm      Reply sarahb5 Says:

    Pip’s time at Mr. Wemmick’s house and Mr. Jaggers house were very different. First he went to Mr. Wemmick’s house. Even though Pip thought it was the smallest house he had ever seen, Mr. Wemmick called it his “castle”. He built it himself and was very proud of it. Mr. Wemmick also turned into a very different person when he was at home. At work, he is dull and tedious, and like your typical businessman; boring. When he comes home he transforms into a wonderful man who is fun to be with. Pip enjoyed his stay at Mr. Wemmick’s house.

    Mr. Jagger’s house is completely different then Mr. Wemmicks. His house is dirty and boring and really nothing to be proud of. Mr. Jaggers showed that he really didn’t have another personality besides the one he uses at work unlike Mr. Wemmick. The dinner at his house was not nearly as good as the one at Mr. Wemmicks. It was especially bad when Mr. Jaggers made Molly show her wrists to everyone. Honestly, if I had to see that at that moment, I would’ve lost my appetite right then and asked to have been excused.


  33. September 19th, 2011 at 11:39 pm      Reply nikital Says:

    When Pip visits Mr. Wemmick’s and Mr. Jaggers’s houses, he is very surprised by how naturally different they are from each other, even though at work, they seem much the same. When he stays with Mr. Wemmick, he realizes how meticulously he separates his work from his home, which he calls the Castle. At work, Mr. Wemmick seems like just another dull, dry, dreary businessman, but at home, his character changes completely into this colorful, light man with carefree occupations as a gardener, plumber, and even an engineer. When Pip goes to Mr. Jaggers’s house, though, he takes note that his guardian does quite the opposite. With law books in every room, Mr. Jaggers brings his work home with him. His domestic state seems to be the same one he carries out each morning to his office, unlike Mr. Wemmick. From this, I believe that Pip can learn not to judge people, for they may not be exactly who you think they are.


  34. September 20th, 2011 at 8:47 am      Reply The Ethanator Says:

    Hi Mrs. Quinson! Hope you’re having a great year!


  35. September 20th, 2011 at 8:48 am      Reply josh_etkind Says:

    Hi Mrs. Quinson, from the NHSN library! Hope your having a great year!


  36. September 20th, 2011 at 8:15 pm      Reply sabrinak1 Says:

    The difference between Mr. Jaggars and Mr. Wemmick’s houses is very obvious. With Mr. Wemmick, Pip is brought to “the castle”, which is what Wemmick refers to his house as. He meets the Aged and they nod at him a lot. Wemmick acts very different at home, being very respectful. He has an enjoyable evening. At Mr. Jagger’s house they have a very different experience. He brings out the worst in them, causing Pip and Drummle to quarrle. He shows them Molly’s wrists and how scarred they are. She seems very afraid of Jaggers and almost like she is a servant not a maid.


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