Great Expectations Author:Charles Dickens The hero is Pip, who is reared by his sister and her husband, Joe Gargery, the blacksmith. Later he is informed that he is to be reared as a gentleman of 'great expectations,' as an unknown person has provided money for his education and expects to make him his heir. This patron is Magwitch, a runaway convict to whom the boy Pip had once been of... more » great assistance. Magwitch has made a fortune in New South wales, but when he secretly returns to England, he is arrested as a returned convict and all his money is confiscated. Pip's love affair is a similar 'great expectation.' He falls in love with Estella, the adopted daughter of the rich Miss Havisham, but Estella marries Bently Drummle.
Includes an Introduction by Louis Crompton, University of Nebraska.« less