How would you feel if you picked up your diary and read it aloud for all of the world to hear? Yup, we would be mortified too. Do you ever replay embarrassing or traumatizing moments from the past on the movie screen of your brain? If you do (and we do all the time) then you know how traumatizing it can be to re-watch these traumatizing moments. It’s double-trauma. Somebody page Dr. House. Narrator Pip has a different perspective in that he has a very long diary and very long story to tell. Naturally, the mood is one of regret at having made some poor choices, as well as longing for the good old days on the marshes. At each moment in the novel, Narrator Pip has the unique perspective of knowing where our protagonist will end up and of knowing how his life with unfold. Thus, the tone of this novel is packed with the emotion of an old man reflecting on the good, the bad, and the ugly of his life.