In Chapter 19 of "Great Expectations" how many of Pip's earlier expectations have been realized?

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After meeting Miss Havisham and Estella, Pip's expectations grew quite a bit; before knowing them, he was content to live his life with Joe at the forge, and in becoming a blacksmith.  He knew no other life, and was contented.  However, Estella made him ashamed of his status in life, of his dirty hands and impoverished situation.  For the first time, he wanted to have money, and to be a gentleman.  When he receives a large fortune from a mysterious benefactor, he realizes that those expectations of wealth and status could be fulfilled.  In chapter 19, Pip departs for London, to realize his wealth and fulfill his expectations of education and stature.  The beginning of chapter 19 states the impact that learning of his wealth had on his attitude:

"Morning made a considerable difference in my general prospect of life, and brightened it so much that it scarcely seemed the same."

His life, which he had been bearing with dreary dissatisfaction, all of a sudden seemed bright and full of hope.  His expectation of wealth and the possibility of moving up in the world had been realized.  With it, he hoped to also win the desired Estella; this expectation has not yet been realized, but hopes to attain it eventually.  So by this time in the story, Pip feels that his expectations are going to be fulfilled in the full.  I hope that helped; good luck!

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