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A story of kindness and hatred

  • Aug 1, 2010
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When I first read this book many years ago, it was for a piece of english coursework, the books tell the story of Pip who helps a stranger by giving him a pork pie and some wine, the stranger had just escaped prison. Pip has a love affection who he describes as an 'unattainable dream', this is because her boss, Miss Havisham who is a recluse surrounded by memories of being jilted, this made her into a cruel women who hated the male gender. Pip visited Miss Havisham on several occasions whilst young, but then Pips brother in law find him a job with better prospects than a blacksmiths aid. Many years go by and Pip is visited by a lawyer who just so happens to be Miss Havisham's lawyer telling him that he is to receive a weekly amount of money from an unnamed beneficiary. When reading this book, it was not first obvious that the money came from the prisoner on the marshland, this is really empathetic, and touching that someone who helped him by giving him food and drink would return the favour so nicely. However, Pip is under the impression that the beneficiary is Miss Havisham, and goes to visit her to say thank you and to try and court the lovely Estella. He is told it is not her giving him the money. I think that this book his some morals behind it, for instance the kindness of a stranger deserves some kindness back. After Miss Havisham dies Pip tries to get Estella to leave the house she has lived in for years, he removes the board from the windows, and lets light in, and then Estella she's that the house is just full of decay. She moves to Paris to go to an art school leaving pip behind. Pip then discovers who his beneficiary is and helps him get out of England.

I would recommend this book, to any Dickens lovers, or anyone who likes classical novels, to be honest I think this book will be written to reflect our times eventually.

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ISBN-10: 0375757015 (pbk. : Modern lib ed.)
ISBN-13: 9780375757013 (pbk. : Modern lib ed.)
Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Modern Library
Date Published: February 13, 2001
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