How does Dickens use setting to convey the mood at the opening of Great Expectations?

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Dickens establishes a dark and foreboding mood for the story from the beginning by the description of the marshes and his hints at trouble to come.  

Dickens uses the marshland setting to establish an ominous mood. The story begins with young Pip describing the marshlands. 

Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening (Chapter 1). 

The mood comes from the use of a marshland, a place of spooky Gothic

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