Great Expectations was first published as a serial in Charles Dickens’ weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861 in 59 chapters. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes. Volume 1 contained chapters 1-19. Volume 2 contained chapters 20-39. Volume 3 contained chapters 40-59.
These are the links to read chapters within Volume 2 of Great Expectations:
While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty.Great Expectations (Chapter 20).
A dry man, rather short in stature, with a square wooden face, whose expression seemed to have been imperfectly chipped out with a dull-edged chisel.Great Expectations (Chapter 21).
No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.Great Expectations (Chapter 22).
My guiding-star always is, ‘Get hold of portable property’.Great Expectations (Chapter 24).
This is a pretty pleasure-ground.Great Expectations (Chapter 25).
He washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.Great Expectations (Chapter 26).
Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.Great Expectations (Chapter 27).
All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers.Great Expectations (Chapter 28).
In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life.Great Expectations (Chapter 29).
You may be certain that I laugh because they fail.Great Expectations (Chapter 33).
We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did.Great Expectations (Chapter 34).
I wished my own good fortune to reflect some rays upon him.Great Expectations (Chapter 37).
I never had one hour’s happiness in her society, and yet my mind all round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death.Great Expectations (Chapter 38).
I lived rough, that you should live smooth.Great Expectations (Chapter 39).