This is Pip's reaction upon first meeting Miss Havisham. She is dressed in the bridal dress she was wearing when she was abandonned at the altar many years before, and she still wears her bridal flowers in her white hair. The withered dress and flowers personify and mirror Miss Havisham's withered body and soul. Like the dress, she is decayed and shriveled, and the dress, sized for a rounder, healthier woman, hangs off of her. The flowers in her hair are dull, like her features, save for her glittering eyes.
This scene also plays with the two different representations of white. One connotation of white is the purity, youth, and freshness of a bride, and the other connotation of white is its association with being old and frayed. In this scene, she wears the bridal white, but it has lost its original significance and has only become associated with age and decay.
One the most famous of Dickens’s creations, Miss Havisham sits in her wedding dress with the clocks all stopped at 20 minutes...
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