Im reading great expectations by charles dickens. "stood near the door looking about me," "so bitter were my feelings, and so sharp was the smart without a name, that needed counteraction."
"Looking about" is the same as "looking at," but carries with it a slightly different connotation. "Looking at" is fairly superficial, but "looking about" is more encompassing - you are looking at the object in its entirety, looking at it with some sense of purpose.
"...smart without a name" is a reference to the previous paragraph, where Dickens writes:
I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry - I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart - God knows what its name was - that tears started to my eyes.
Pip is searching for the right descriptor for what he is feeling, but he can't identify/name one. The passage in your question refers back to this as the "smart without a name."
"smart" in this sense is fairly archaic; you won't hear it in modern English. Nonetheless, the definition for the word as it's used here is:
- keen mental suffering, as from wounded feelings, affliction, grievous loss, etc.