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Pip a young orphan living with his sister and her husband in the marshes of Kent sits in a cemetery one evening looking at his parents tombstones Suddenly an escaped convict springs up from behind a tombstone grabs Pip and orders him to bring him food and a file for his leg irons Pip obeys but the fearsome convict is soon captured The convict protects Pip by claiming to have stolen the items himself One day Pip is taken to play at Satis House the home of the wealthy dowager Miss Havisham who years before was jilted on her wedding day and now wears an old wedding dress everywhere she goes During his visit he meets a beautiful young girl named Estella who treats him coldly and contemptuously Nevertheless he falls in love with her and dreams of becoming a wealthy gentleman so that he might be worthy of her Pip is apprenticed to his brother-in-law Joe Gargery the village blacksmith One day a lawyer named Jaggers appears with strange news a secret benefactor has given Pip a large fortune and he must come to London immediately to begin his education as a gentleman Pip assumes that Miss Havisham is the secret benefactor and that the old woman intends him to marry Estella In London Pip befriends a young gentleman named Herbert Pocket and Jaggers law clerk Wemmick He treats his former loved ones coldly especially Joe but continues to pine after Estella Several years go by in this way until one night a familiar figure barges into Pips room--the convict Magwitch who stuns Pip by announcing that he not Miss Havisham is the source of Pips fortune He tells Pip that he was so moved by his boyhood kindness that he dedicated his life to making Pip a gentleman and he made a fortune in Australia for that very purpose Pip is appalled but he agrees
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