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How is the relationship between Pip and Magwitch presented in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens?  

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Pip and Magwitch are both outsiders: Pip is a poor orphan growing up on the bleak Romney Marshes; Magwitch is a serial criminal, an escaped convict on the run from a prison ship. So it's not surprising that there's a certain kinship between them. Initially, though, things are far from amicable. During their first fateful encounter at the graveyard, Magwitch puts fear into young Pip, making bloodcurdling threats to the young lad, warning against so much as breathing a word to anyone about him.

But things soon change. Magwitch is eternally grateful to Pip for bringing him food, drink, and some tools from Joe Gargery's forge to break his chains. Indeed, he's so grateful that, when he becomes a successful businessman in Australia, Magwitch generously bequeaths Pip a substantial sum of money to establish himself as a gentleman. When Pip discovers the true identity of his benefactor, he is shocked. But it's notable that he still goes out of his way to help spirit Magwitch out of the country...

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