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Who is Biddy and what role does she play in Pip's life in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens?

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Biddy was a former classmate of Pip's, and she acts as a foil to Estella and is the overlooked potential love of Pip. She represents everything that Pip should seek in a wife but misses out on due to his pursuit of Estella.

After Mrs. Joe is attacked and left an invalid, Biddy moves in with Pip and Joe to help with taking care of the house and Mrs. Joe. When Pip receives his fortune, he tells Biddy that he is going to leave to become a gentleman. Years later, after Pip has become wealthy, subsequently lost his money, and is now in debt and in ill health, he proposes to Biddy, only to learn that she is now married to Joe. He realizes after all this time that she is the kindhearted, loving, and hardworking woman that he wished to be with, but he missed his opportunity. At the end of the novel, it is revealed that Biddy and Joe named their son after Pip.

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As part of his motif of the hardships of orphans, along with Pip, Biddy has also lost her parents and kept by Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt,...

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