What are three expectations that Pip has when he first learns about his anonymous benefactor?Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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In Chapter XVIII of Great Expectations, one evening while Pip is apprenticed to Joe, a strange gentleman that Pip recognizes as the supercilious Mr. Jaggers arrives at the Jolly Bargeman, saying that he is looking for Pip.  Later, in the Gargery parlor, Mr. Jaggers announces to Pip that he has "great expectations," and he communicates to Pip the conditions under which these expectations come.  After the burly lawyer who is to be Pip's guardian departs, Pip has certain expectations himself:

1.  He expects to be educated.  Mr. Jaggers has mentioned Mr. Matthew Pocket as his prospective tutor.  Pip will meet his son first and then be introduced to Mr. Pocket.

2.  Pip expects to become a gentleman and not have to wear working clothes.  Mr. Jaggers provides Pip with twenty guineas so that he can have some proper clothes made.

3.  As Pip expects to say goodbye to Estella, he also expects that she will be favorably impressed that he is to become a gentleman in London.  Happily, Pip expects that once he is no longer coarse and common, Estella will approve of him and grow to love him.

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