In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, a tiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by a shivering, limping convict on the run. Years later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach to London, where, by the grace of a mysterious benefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle rich and "become a gentleman." Finally, in the luminous mists of the village at evening, Pip the man meets Estella, his dazzlingly beautiful tormentor, in a ruined garden-and lays to rest all the heartaches and illusions that his "great expectations" have brought upon him.
Recommended for grade 10. 2003, Bantam Classics. 4.25 x 6.75 inches. Soft cover. 522 pp.