Great Expectations

Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

  • 25 Mar 14:12
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The most endearing and romantic of all Dickens' novels and undoubtedly one of his best,  the book has had many film adaptations drawing outstanding performances from the likes of Michael York and John Mills.

Young Pip discovers an escaped convict in a churchyard near the Thames Marshes, yet does not give him up to the Police. Pip is brought up by his sister and her husband Joe. Pip meets the jilted Miss Havisham and falls for her ward Estella. Pip receives a fortune from an unknown doner and moves to London and learns to become a gentleman. Estella remains out of his class and out of reach for Pip and he loses his fortune and she marries someone else. The convict is found out to be his benefactor and Pip and Estella eventually find each other.

Opening line:

'My father's family name being Pirrip and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.'...


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