‘you are to understand, Mr. Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret…’
Young Pip lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith, with few prospects for advancement until a mysterious benefaction takes him from the Kent marshes to London. Pip is haunted by figures from his past - the escaped convict Magwitch, the time-withered Miss Havisham and her proud and beautiful ward, Estella - and in time uncovers not just the origins of his great expectations but the mystery of his own heart.
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Introducing Great Expectations
Confronting the world
The Final Chapter and Beyond