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by Charles Dickens

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Who is Pip in Great Expectations? What is his actual name?

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Pip is a young orphaned boy as the story opens. His actual name is Philip Pirrip. Since that name was too difficult for him to pronounce when he was very young, he took on the nickname Pip.

As the novel begins, Pip is visiting the graveyard where his parents and five younger brothers are buried. It is here, on the marshes, that he meets the frightening convict.

Because he is an orphan, Pip lives with his much older sister, Mrs. Joe, and her husband, Joe Gargery, who is a blacksmith. Mrs. Joe is rough and unkind to Pip, but Joe treats him with a good deal of gentleness and affection.

Since he is an orphan who lives with a village blacksmith, nobody expects Pip to be more than a humble blacksmith like Joe. It is therefore very surprising when he comes into his great expectations.

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