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"It would have been cruel in Miss Havisham, horribly cruel, to practise on the susceptibility of a poor boy, and to torture me through all these years with a vain hope and an idle pursuit, if she had reflected on the gravity of what she did. But I think she did not. I think that in the endurance of her own trial, she forgot mine, Estella." (3.44.43)
Dreams seem to continually make people selfish and destructive. Here we catch a glimpse of Pip’s philosophy on human nature – he chooses to believe that humans are innately good, or at least Miss Havisham is innately good, but that they are derailed by misguided dreams.