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can you help me paraphase this;
Conscience is a dreadful thing when it accuses man or boy;but when,in the case of a boy,that secret burden co-operates with another secret burden... it is (as I can testify) agreat punishment.

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  1. How about if you write what you think is a good paraphrase, and we will read what you have written and give you some suggestions?

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  2. Pip is saying that conscience about one thing he's done wrong is terrible, especially when he has another secret about another planned act.

    Here's the whole paragraph from Great Expectations.

    Conscience is a dreadful thing when it accuses man or boy; but when, in the case of a boy, that secret burden co-operates with another secret burden down the leg of his trousers, it is (as I can testify) a great punishment. The guilty knowledge that I was going to rob Mrs Joe -- I never thought I was going to rob Joe, for I never thought of any of the housekeeping property as his -- united to the necessity of always keeping one hand on my bread-and- butter as I sat, or when I was ordered about the kitchen on any small errand, almost drove me out of my mind. Then, as the marsh winds made the fire glow and flare, I thought I heard the voice outside, of the man with the iron on his leg who had sworn me to secrecy, declaring that he couldn't and wouldn't starve until to- morrow, but must be fed now. At other times, I thought, What if the young man who was with so much difficulty restrained from imbruing his hands in me, should yield to a constitutional im- patience, or should mistake the time, and should think himself accredited to my heart and liver to-night, instead of to-morrow! If ever anybody's hair stood on end with terror, mine must have done so then. But, perhaps, nobody's ever did?

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    Ms. Sue
  3. Nice,Explanatio. It's very useful to me.

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