The one book I’ve read that will always stick with me and give me some type of hope for humanity is “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. The two main life lessons I got out of this book were (1) never judge a book (person) by its cover. Even though Pip was scared when he helped the escaped inmate, he still did it, giving the person the benefit of the doubt. And what do you know, that prisoner didn’t forget and became Pip’s benefactor and provided an edication and other things. The second life lesson was true friendship. That lesson didn’t come from Pip though—it came from Joe. Good old Joe. Even when Pip’s head got big and especially when Pip was sick and needed a friend the most, Joe was there. He never turned his back on Pip. A true friend. It made me think about a couple of things: there is such a thing as karma and it’s a small world.
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