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What can you learn about the character of Pip through his conversations with the unexpected visitor Charles Dickens Great Expectations Plot summary of chapter 39 Pip has his twenty-third birthday and seems to be doing very little with his life He tries a few occupations but doesnt stick to any of them Instead he finds that he is spending a lot of time reading One stormy night a rough sea-worn man of sixty to Pips home Pip invites him in treats him with courteous disdain but then begins to recognize him as the convict that he fed in the marshes when he was a child The man revealed that he is Pips benefactor He has been living in Australia all these years and making money as a sheep herder But since the day that Pip helped him he swore to himself that every cent he earned would go to Pip Pip is horrified when the man exclaims Ive made a gentleman out of you All of Pips expectations are demolished He has been living his life off the hard workings of a convict There is no grand design by Miss Havisham to make Pip happy and rich living in harmonious marriage to Estella The convict tells Pip that he has come back to see him under threat of his life since the law will execute him if they find him in England Pip gives the convict Herberts empty bed then sits by the fire by himself pondering his miserable position This chapter closes as well Pips great expectations The irony is that the convict lived his life for Pip worked his fingers to the bone to make Pip a gentleman He did this based on the true act of kindness that Pip gave him food to eat in the marshes You acted noble my boy Noble Pip With all of his money and education however Pip has become much less of
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