Reading Questions for Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
7. In Chapter 49, Miss Havisham confesses to Pip that in adopting Estella, she "meant to save her (Estella) from misery like my own." (page 753) Do you believe this, given Dickens' harsh characterization of Miss Havisham throughout the novel?


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Penguin Books and Penguin Classics wish to thank and credit the following writers and books for information used in creating this Reading Group Guide:

Janice Carlisle (editor), Charles Dickens, Great Expectations: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, New York, Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996

Edmond Jabes, The Book of Questions (Volume 1), Middletown, CT., Wesleyan University Press, 1976

Fred Kaplan, Dickens: A Biography, New York, William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1988

Norman Page, A Dickens Chronology, Boston, MA., G.K. Hall & Co., 1988

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