Have no mercy

And sometimes, when her moods were so many and so contradictory of one another that I was puzzled what to say or do, Miss Havisham would embrace her with lavish fondness, murmuring something in her ear that sounded like, “Break their hearts my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy!”

Thus in Dickens’ Great Expectations does Miss Havisham breed the beautiful Estella to break men’s hearts. But that is just a story.

In real life, there is a Miss Havisham (though that may not be her name) who has bred hundreds of people and has murmured into their ears “Break James Lark’s heart and have no mercy.” Hundreds of them. Not sure why.

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