What is the setting and the objects in chapter one?

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The chapter opens with Pip in the graveyard.  He is there to both get away from the harsh beatings of his sister, Mrs. Joe, and to be by himself.  When he goes here, he reads the names of his father and mother along with his late siblings.

"This bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip."

The marshes are cold and damp.  It is misty, and Pip runs into an escaped convict in this scene.  He has an iron on his leg, no hat, old, broken shoes, and he has a rag tied around his head.

These are the objects and the descriptions of the setting straight from the reading in the second link.

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Great Expectations

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