Summary: One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming-of-age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.
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The book follows the story of Pip, a young orphan from the rural Kent marshes.
In the Great Expectations audiobook chapter 1, we are introduced to the main character Pip:
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. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.
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Pip lives with his uncle, and is soon sent to the reclusive mansion of the wealthy Miss Havisham, who has all of her house clocks stopped at the same time, and wears a ragged old wedding dress whenever she leaves her bedroom.
When Pip first meets Miss Havisham, he hopes she will take a liking to him and teach him to be a proper gentleman, in order that he might win the heart of a young, wealthy playmate, Estella.
Miss Havisham does take a liking to Pip, but intends instead to teach him to become a laborer. Pip is sent off to an apprenticeship, when one day a lawyer informs him that a secret benefactor bestowed a large fortune upon him.
Pip assumes this benefactor is Miss Havisham, and moves to London in order to be brought up as a gentleman. He later finds out that Miss Havisham was bringing up Estella to toy with men, and Pip was merely a boy to practice on.
Estella eventually marries another gentleman, and Pip goes back to Kent to visit with Miss Havisham, who repents. Her wedding gown catches fire and she is left alive but disabled.
Pip then loses his fortune and is forced to enter the mercantile trade to earn a living. The novel ends when one day Pip visits Satis House to find Estella (recently widowed) there alone. The two join hands and the novel ends with Pip believing he will remain with her.
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