"What the?!", As the plot thickens it gives me the dickens, daft interlude, Decimus Tite Barnacle, Dick Swiveller, Gregarious Whim, Hiram Grewgious, I feel an earnest and humble desire- and shall till I die - to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness., I have ten tickles for you, I never thought before that there was a woman in the world who could affect me so much by saying so little., In his kitchen it was the best of thymes-it was the worst of thymes, Something will come of this. I hope it mayn't be human gore., There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts., Wackford Squeers, With affection beaming in one eye and calculation shining out of the other., You might- from your appearance -be the wife of Lucifer.
Of course in that life Esme was using her middle name – Estella. And my, what great expectations he had . . .
‘Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made are not more real, or more impossible to displace with your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation, I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 1861