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by Charles Dickens

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What is the blacksmith's trade, and why do the eyes of the man widen when Pip says he lives with a blacksmith?

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In the opening chapter of Dickens's classic novel Great Expectations , Pip is visiting his parents' grave in a marshy area near his house when he meets a terrifying escaped convict wearing heavy iron shackles around his legs. The escaped convict proceeds to threaten Pip's life and asks him where he lives. Pip responds by telling the convict that he lives with his sister and Joe Gargery, the blacksmith. As soon as Pip mentions that he lives...

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