Rabu, 27 Oktober 2010

Who were Estella Havisham's real parents?

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Why: On the Library Science Degree's list of the The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History:

20.) Estella Havisham

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens

Raised by the cracked, bitter Miss Havisham, Estella mirrors her adopted mother’s spite towards the world (particularly men), taking sadistic delight in turning sweet protagonist Pip’s little infatuation against him.

I read that book 13 years ago.

: Abel Magwitch (Pip's convict / benefactor) and Molly, Miss Havisham's maid!

In the 1998 film adaptation (which I have seen upwards of 1,000 times), the convict (called Lustig) is played by Robert De Niro and the maid isn't even in it - which is OK, because they sort of gloss over the fact that Estella isn't Miss Havisham (now Ms. Dinsmoor)'s real daughter anyway. Also, Pip (Finn) paints Gwyneth Paltrow nekkid (paying very careful attention to her nips) while listening to Pulp.
Source: SparkNotes

The More You Know: I was just thinking, "I should really 'read' another Charles Dickens book soon," but when I went to put one on my Simply Audiobooks queue, I saw this:

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