Miss Skiffins – Wemmick’s wife.
Startop – friend of Pip and Herbert.
Mr. Wopsle – The church worker
Molly – She is Jaggers’s housekeeper and
Estella’s long lost mother.
Less important characters in Great Expectations are:
Bentley Drummle – arrogant young member of
upper class who took classes with Pip in London. He is cruel and brutal.
Estella chose to marry him but she was unhappy in their marriage. When he died
after eleven years she get together with Pip.
Compeyson – He is also presented as a
criminal in this novel. However he is not similar to Magwitch because he is
educated and gentlemen. He was partner with Magwitch but they become opponents.
At the end of the novel he reports Magwitch’s attempt to escape to the police.
He is Miss Havisham ex fiancé who left her on their wedding.
Uncle Pumblechook – in the novel he is
presented as Pip’s uncle. In fact he is Joe’s uncle but both Mrs. Joe and Pips
call him uncle. He is merchant who is dazzled by money. Pumblechook arranged
Pip to visit Satis House and to meet Miss Havisham. He take credit for being
Pip’s secret sponsor although he has nothing to do with it.
“I had known, from the time when I could speak, that
my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me … Through
all my punishments, disgraces, fasts, and vigils, and other penitential
performances, I had nursed this assurance; and to my communing so much with it,
in a solitary and unprotected way, I in great part refer the fact that I was
morally timid and very sensitive.”
Mrs. Joe – in the novel Mrs. Joe is Pip’s
sister and Joe’s wife. We don’t know her first name in this novel because she
is mentioned only as Mrs. Joe. She behaves very strict and dictatorial in the
house. For example she beat her brother as well as her husband with her stick
which she calls “Tickler” and makes them to drink liquid with disgusting taste
called “Tar Water”. She is unhappy with her current social class and long for
becoming something more.
“And now, because my mind was not confused enough
before, I complicated its confusion fifty thousand-fold, by having states and
seasons when I was clear that Biddy was immeasurably better than Estella, and
that the plain honest working life to which I was born, had nothing in it to be
ashamed of, but offered me sufficient means of self-respect and happiness.”
Biddy – girl who lives in the country, and
belongs to same social class as Pip does. Pip and Biddy first meet in school
where Pip learns to read. Later on she becomes caretaker of Mrs. Joe after she
was attacked and became invalid. Biddy is kind, simple and total contrast to
Wemmick – he works with lawyer Jagger in his
office. He and Pip become friend and later on he helps Pip with Magwitch’s
escape. Through the novel he introduce Pip to his “Aged Parent” on whom he took
“Herbert received me with open arms, and I had never
felt before, so blessedly, what it is to have a friend.” (p. 361)
Herbert Pocket – Pip and Herbert first meet
as children in Satis House’s garden, where they had a small fight. When Pip was
in London during his education they meet again and become best friends. He is
born in wealthy family, he wants to become a merchant and to travel to Cairo
for spices and similar.
“…he washed his clients off, as if he were a
surgeon or a dentist.”(223)
Jaggers – he is lawyer in London who was
hired by Magwitch to help Pip become gentlemen. He is influential and famous in
London but he is related to many dirty business, but he never hurt Pip. He is
the man who brings Estella to Miss Havisham as baby orphan before the begging
of novel’s plot. Interesting fact about Jagger is that he smells on soup
because he constantly washes his hand, he believes that criminals with whom he
cooperate can make him dirty and corruptive.
Joe Gargery – Joe is brother-in-law to Pip,
he loves Pip so much that he never left his abusive and bossy wife, even though
she harasses him. He is very kind and unselfish and he proves that at the end
of the novel when he pays all Pip’s debt in spite of the fact that Pip was very
rude to him during Joe’s visit in London. He is also uneducated and vulgar but
that can be explained by the fact that he is poor peasant in the country who
never improve himself until he meets Biddy and learns to read.
“Look’ee here, Pip. I’m your second father. You’re my
son—more to me nor any son. I’ve put away money, only for you to spend.”
Abel Magwitch – at the beginning of novel
Magwitch is represented as cruel criminal. After he escapes from prison he meet
Pip at graveyard and there he terrified Pip. However after Pip helps him with
food and files Magwitch becomes thankful to him. Later he spend years of his
life secretly helping Pip to become gentlemen by being his secret financial
supporter with the help of Jaggers who was lawyer in London.
“She was even more
dreadfully fond of Estella than she had been when I saw them together; I repeat
the word advisedly, for there was something positively dreadful in the energy
of her looks and embraces, She hung upon Estella’s beauty, hung upon her words,
hung upon her gestures, and sat mumbling her own trembling fingers while she
looked at her, as though she were devouring the beautiful creature she had
Miss Havisham – in
the novel she is rich and creepy old lady, who lives in big house called the
Satis house, which is located near Pip’s village. Through the novel she is
represent as crazy and mean. For instance, she walks around Satis house in her
old wedding dress, she never dispose feast from her wedding, and she stopped
every clock in a house at twenty minutes to nine. Reason for her maniac
behavior is that she has been left before her wedding, and that event created
very deep hostility towards men. During Estella’s growing up she raised her to
be heartless and uses her as tool for own satisfaction
”Oh! I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I
have no doubt,… and of course if it ceased to beat I should cease to be. But
you know what I mean. I have no softness there,
Estella – Estella lives in Satis house
together with Miss Havisham, she is her caretaker. Through the novel Estella is
Pip’s distant love and he never stop loving her even though she is cruel, cold
and arrogant towards him. From her young age until her mature age, she
constantly warns him that she doesn’t have a heart.
“Out of my thoughts! You are part of my
existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since
I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then.
You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the
sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the
darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been
the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted
with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more
real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and
influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the
last hour of my life, you can’t choose but remain part of my character, part of
the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate
you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you
must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress
I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”
Pip – Pip is both the narrator and the
protagonist in Great Expectations. Pip’s sister and brother in law raised him
since he was an orphan. They live together in Kent, as poor peasants. Pip is romantic,
passionate and probably unrealistic. He has strong moral sense, and wants to
improve himself, both morally and socially. He doesn’t want to be poor,
ignorant, or immoral, when he realized what poverty, lack of knowledge, and
Important characters in Great Expectations are: