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Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil.

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Pip's income is fixed at £500 per annum when he comes of age at twenty-one.

With the help of Jaggers' clerk, Wemmick, Pip plans to help advance Herbert's future prospects by anonymously securing him a position with the shipbroker, Clarriker's. She and Miss Havisham quarrel over Estella's coldness.

Pip sets up house in London at Barnard's Inn with Herbert Pocket, the son of his tutor, Matthew Pocket, who is a cousin of Miss Havisham.

Herbert and Pip have previously met at Satis Hall, where Herbert was rejected as a playmate for Estella.

When Pip and Joe are away from the house, Mrs Joe is brutally attacked, leaving her unable to speak or do her work. Four years into Pip's apprenticeship, Mr Jaggers, a lawyer, tells him that he has been provided with money from an anonymous benefactor, so that he can become a gentleman.

Pip is to leave for London, but presuming that Miss Havisham is his benefactor, he first visits her.

It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person.—and has a colourful cast of characters who have entered popular culture.

These include the eccentric Miss Havisham, the beautiful but cold Estella, and Joe, the unsophisticated and kind blacksmith.

He tells Pip how Miss Havisham was defrauded and deserted by her fiancé.

Pip meets fellow pupils, Bentley Drummle, a brute of a man from a wealthy noble family, and Startop, who is agreeable. When Joe visits Pip at Barnard's Inn, Pip is ashamed of him.

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