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The convict who confronts Pip in the marsh at the beginning of Great Expectations has clearly been through some rough terrain.

The convict is described as wearing “coarse grey” with no hat, broken shoes, and an old rag tied around his head.  He is soaking wet and covered in mud.  He also seems to have hurt his feet on the rocks, because he is described as “lamed by stones” and “cut by flints” referring to his feet.  His clothes and hands have also been torn and cut by the plants, described as nettles and briars.

He also has an iron on his leg.

This is the way the convict, Magwitch, is first described in Great Expectations in chapter 1.

“A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin.”

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