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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

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What plans does Pip think Miss Havisham has for him and why?

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In addition to his belief that Miss Havisham is to be his benefactor, Pip also entertains the idea that Miss Havisham intends for him to marry Estella.  In Chapters 11-13 of Stage One of Great Expectations, Pip uses his ambiguous relationship with Miss Havisham--he wheels her around in her chair, he visits regularly and plays with Estella--to entertain such a hope.  When Estella kisses him after he defeats the pale young gentleman, Pip believes that Estella cares for him.

In his self-deception, Pip interprets any time that he is sent for or directed to meet Estella's carriage and escort her as the intentions of Miss Havisham to have them marry.  Even in a later chapter when Pip takes Estella to visit Miss Havisham at Satis House where Miss Havisham wickedly asks Pip, "How does she use you?" and Pip remarks that he understad that Estella is set to wreak revenge upon me for Miss Havisham, Pip, in his persistent delusion declares,

I, too was tormented even while the prize was reserved for me.  I saw in this the reason for my being staved off so long, and the reason for my late guardian's declining to commit himself to the formal knowledge of such a scheme.

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I assume that you are talking about what happens in Chapter 19.  This is when Pip first acquires his great expectation.

When this happens, he believes that Miss Havisham is his benefactor.  He believes that she plans to make him a gentleman.  He thinks this largely because the man who tells him of his new good fortune is Mr. Jaggers.  Pip reognizes Mr. Jaggers as a man whom he had seen in Miss Havisham's house back when he used to go there to play with Estella.  So he thinks Miss Havisham is behind Mr. Jaggers's coming to see him.

It makes sense to me that Pip would think this.  After all, there is this connection, and who else would Pip think might be giving him money?

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Earlier on, Pip did not fully understand his role when he was sent to Miss Havisham's home. However, as he got comfortable, he thought that Miss Havisham would help him achieve what he desired.

I believed; and I enlarged upon my knowing nothing and wanting to know everything, in the hope that she might offer some help towards that desirable end. But she did not; on the contrary, she seemed to prefer my being ignorant.

Pip’s encounter with Miss Havisham and Estella forced him to have a different opinion of his life and what he wanted for his future. Pip was not satisfied with his calling as Joe’s apprentice and his future as a blacksmith. He wanted to be a gentleman and disclosed the secret to Biddy.

“Biddy,” said I, after binding her to secrecy, “I want to be a gentleman.”

Pip stated that he wanted to be a gentleman on Estella’s account and hoped Miss Havisham would change his fortunes. Pip assumed his trip to London to be trained as a gentleman was a plan by Miss Havisham because she knew Mr. Jaggers. Pip also found out that Miss Havisham had prior knowledge of his trip to London through the lawyer.

“This is a gay figure, Pip,” said she, making her crutch stick play round me, as if she, the fairy godmother who had changed me, were bestowing the finishing gift.

"Ay, ay!” said she, looking at the discomfited and envious Sarah, with delight. “I have seen Mr. Jaggers. I have heard about it, Pip. So you go to-morrow?”

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