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by Charles Dickens
Pip Timeline and Summary
Pip meets a convict in the cemetery, steals some food for him, and pretty much lives in terror for the next few weeks. In an apparently unrelated occurrence, he's ordered to go "play" at Miss Havisham's, where he meets Estella. After a lot of these visits, Miss Havisham gives Pip 25 pounds and releases him from her service. He becomes Joe’s apprentice. Hooray! It's what young Pip always wanted! Oh, except not anymore. Now he wants to become a "gentleman" and marry Estella. A mysterious stranger (the lawyer Jaggers) shows up and announces that Pip has a fortune and is going to be educated to become— dun dun dun—a gentleman. Pip goes to London, and it's not quite as nice as he wishes it were. But he does make a nice friend, Herbert. They have larks together and get into crazy debt. Pip also meets some other crazy folk, like Herbert's dad, Mr. Pocket, and Jaggers's clerk, Wemmick. Now that he's a fine gentleman, Pip is too good for Joe—but he's not good enough for Estella, who still torments him. This all goes on for a while, until one day another mysterious stranger shows up. It's Pip's benefactor. Surprise! Pip's benefactor is actually Magwitch, the convict he helped years ago, and not Miss Havisham as he'd assumed/hoped. While Pip is plotting to get Magwitch out of England, he starts to actually like the guy. Around this time, he takes a little break from his daily activities to rescue Miss Havisham from a fire, although the old lady ends up dying, anyway. Pip is nearly killed and Magwitch is thrown in jail during an exciting captivity/chase sequence. After Magwitch dies, Pip gets really sick. Joe nurses him back to health and then jets as soon as Pip is better. Broke and lonely, Pip heads off to work in Cairo with Herbert for eleven years. When he finally returns to England, he meets Joe and Biddy's little Pip and then runs into Estella. Maybe he lives happily ever… and maybe not.