In Great Expectations, what personal circumstances concerning Pip are convenient for the convict?

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As Chapter One makes clear, it is rather an uncommon piece of luck for Magwitch to come across Pip rather than anybody else. This is primarily because of the location where Pip lives. Note what Magwitch does after finding out that Pip lives with a blacksmith:

After darkly looking at his leg and at me several times, he came closer to my tombstone, took me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me; so that his eyes looked most powerfully down into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his.

Magwitch is fortunate to have found a small, impressionable boy who is an orphan who lives in the same house as a blacksmith, and is therefore able to take a file and some food for him and bring them to him. The fact that Pip is a young boy and clearly a very sensitive one, as is shown by his orphaned status and his tears at the beginning of the novel, makes it easy for Magwitch to bully him into doing what he wants him to do and to ensure that he will not tell anybody else. These are the personal circumstances concerning Pip that are so convenient for Magwitch given his situation.


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