If you walked down the street and saw a house like this the impression you get is not a good one and you wouldn’t think the people that lived there are the nicest in the world. ‘No glimpse of daylight was to be seen…’ Miss Havisham is a strange woman.‘…the strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see.’ Charles Dickens uses Pip to give the reader a good description of the scene, ‘She was dressed in rich materials – satins, and lace, and silks – all of white. And she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair, but her hair was white.
The fact that she places anything she moves back in the place from which it came and that the shoe that has been left out has never been worn.
Most of chapter eight is just Pip noticing things like these. At one point her snootiness made him upset and he started to cry.
Before entering Miss Havisham’s room Pip found himself fearful.
‘This was very uncomfortable, and I was half afraid.’ He is fearful despite the fact that he has never met Miss Havisham prior to this. These are the bricked up windows, the windows with bars over them and things like this.
The meeting with Miss Havisham and Estella ends with Estella locking the gate behind Pip and laughing at him for crying.
‘Great Expectations’ Language Charles Dickens uses descriptive writing throughout his novel.
This is a terrifying thing to happen to anyone never mind a young boy who is already orphaned.
Although not found out until nearer the end of the novel, Magwitch appreciates the help given to him by Pip by rewarding him with a high flying life in London.
“Some of the windows had been walled up; of those that remained, all the lower were rustily barred.
There was a courtyard in front, and that was barred;” Before meeting Miss Havisham, Pip came across Estella.