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by Charles Dickens

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What news did Mr. Jaggers bring with him in Great Expectations?

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Mr. Jagger, a lawyer, brings with him the news that Pip has great expectations. As he explains to Pip and Joe—as he joins them in their parlor lit with only one candle—a secret benefactor is giving Pip a large fortune.

This news makes both Pip and Joe gasp. Up until this point, Pip has been apprenticed to Joe and has had no greater expectation than to become a humble blacksmith. Now he is told he is to be set up immediately as a gentleman of fortune. As Mr. Jaggers put its:

"I am instructed to communicate to him," said Mr. Jaggers, throwing his finger at me sideways, "that he will come into a handsome property. Further, that it is the desire of the present possessor of that property, that he be immediately removed from his present sphere of life and from this place, and be brought up as a gentleman,—in a word, as a young fellow of great expectations."

Pip's heart beats very quickly at this news. He is told that he will receive the fortune on the condition that the benefactor is to be kept a secret until they choose to reveal themselves. Pip immediately jumps to the conclusion that his benefactor is none other than Miss Havisham.

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