Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. He becomes more and more ashamed of his humble origins. Meanwhile, an eccentric but rich lady named Miss Havisham sends for Pip, requiring him to play with her adopted daughter Estella. The novel is written in the first person- Pip recounts his tale to the readers.
Not a Lifetime movie emotionally overwrought pass-me-the-kleenex kind of sad. Pip was always my favourite Dickens protagonist because he wants so much and I sympathise with him.
Although I have found delight in nearly all of the Dickens novels I have read in the past ten years, this is the only one that has risen to the same height of near-perfection and concentrated, high-powered genius as A Tale of Two Cities.
Not until the final chapters do we realise why Pip is so haunted by the convict's apparent reluctance to stay above ground, but already the novel's key narrative method has been established. Or perhaps I instinctively wanted to save the best for last or next-to-last.
Even after the first, second, third, and even fourth of these surprises gave their pleasing electric shocks to intelligent curiosity, the denouement was still hidden, though confidentially foretold.