Miss Havisham is the owner of Satis House, as well as Estella’s adoptive mother. She is a little bit off of her rocker. Jilted on the day of her wedding (some 25 years before Pip’s first encounter with her), Miss Havisham has wanted to preserve this memory forevermore by stopping the clocks at the precise moment of the jilt-age. She looks like a ghost, and sometimes we think she might just be a ghost. She’s also an engineer, and has designed a powerful missile, named Estella. Miss Havisham likes to launch Estella into the stratosphere in order that she might wipe out the male sex (all of whom are responsible for her jilt-age, obviously). Miss Havisham is responsible for encouraging Pip’s obsession with Estella and for dangling the carrot of wealth and social class in front of his nose.