Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Chapter 42 Page 13

into such nets as made me his black slave. I was always in debt to him, always under his thumb, always a working, always a getting into danger. He was younger than me, but he'd got craft, and he'd got learning, and he overmatched me five hundred times told and no mercy. My Missis as I had the hard time wi' — Stop though!

I ain't brought her in — ”

He looked about him in a confused way, as if he had lost his place in the book of his remembrance; and he turned his face to the fire, and spread his hands broader on his knees, and lifted them off and put them on again.

“There ain't no need to go into it,” he said, looking round once more. “The time wi' Compeyson was a'most as hard a time as ever I had; that said, all's