Great Expectations


What did pip learn from herbert about miss havishams past?

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Herbert tells Pip the whole story of Miss Havisham. He explains that when she was a young woman, her family fortune was wasted by her unruly half brother. Even worse, she fell in love and agreed to marry a man from a lower social class. A horrid influence, her fiance then convinced her to buy her half brother’s share of the family brewery for him, and she unwittingly obliged. Unfortunately, she was jilted at the alter with no other explanation than a note. She stopped all of the clocks in her home and that time and never wound them again; for her, that was the moment her life stopped. She wanted to remember. At some point, Ms Havisham went on to adopt Estella, but Herbert didn't have the details for that.


Great Expectations/ Chapter 22