What was the incident that caused Miss Havisham to stop her clocks and become a recluse in Great Expectations? What part might this incident have played in her desire to bring Estela and Pip together?
Miss Havisham stopped the clocks when she was jilted on her wedding day, so she wanted to get revenge on men through Pip and Estella.
When Miss Havisham was younger, she was supposed to marry Compeyson. However, he jilted her on her wedding day after colluding with her half-brother Arthur. The experience so affected her that she let her house go to waste and became a recluse. She tells Pip she has not seen the sun since he was born.
It was when I stood before her, avoiding her eyes, that I took note of the surrounding objects in detail, and saw that her watch had stopped at twenty...
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