Great Expectations (Graphic Classics)
|Series:||Barron's Graphic Classics|
(back cover )
In a misty churchyard on the marshes, the young orphan Pip is terrified by an escaped convict. Years later, Pip receives a generous gift of money so that he can live the life of a gentleman. But who sent the money? Was it the eccentric spinster Miss Havisham, who introduced Pip to the beautiful but pitiless Estella?
Charles Dickens' gripping tale is vividly and faithfully retold in graphic novel format.
Pip, a young orphan who is cared for by a kindly blacksmith and his family, is visiting his parents' graves when he encounters the terrifying figure of an escaped convict. Despite his fear, Pip helps the convict, bringing him food and drink from his home. Some time later, Pip is employed by Miss Havisham, a wealthy, eccentric, reclusive old spinster. Pip is engaged to visit her regularly in her large but decrepit house, where his duty is to keep company and play cards with the old woman's young ward, Estella. Estella is a beautiful but cold-hearted child who makes fun of Pip and causes him pain. Thus begins the unusual story of a boy whose life takes many surprising twists and turns, and who mysteriously receives a great sum of money from an unknown benefactor. But where is that money really coming from? The shocking answer, when finally it is revealed, will be a surprise to readers of this powerful tale.