Thursday 5 April 2012


E is for 'Estella'.
She is a very strange girl. The heroine of 'Great Expectations' is a mightily strange girl. She's the protege of Miss Havisham, who stopped her clocks (and her life) when she was jilted by her fiance on her wedding day. Estella takes care of her and practically runs the house while Miss H sulks in her God-knows-how-old wedding dress.
So, Estella has been part of a mentally abusive and sick household. Understandably, she hates men. But her behaviour towards Pip (the protagonist) is decidedly bizarre! I am a huge Dickens fan, but I truly believe that Estella could've been a bit more normal. Marrying Pip's rival Bentley was seriously a little too much for me to take. She was beautiful and rich, why did she have to be so mean!?
Read more about the book here.

Miss Havisham & Estella


Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Fabulous series of characters you have going on here! And I don't know why she had to be so mean, either! Maybe she had PMS?
Happy A to Z!

Udita Banerjee said...

Now that you mention it, I think she totally did! What a brilliant deduction!

nutschell said...

great theme you have here! I have yet to read Great Expectations, though I've watched at least 2 versions of it on film.
Great A-Z post!

S. L. Hennessy said...

GE was my favorite Charles Dickens novel. Estella always made me so sad. She's a pretty tragic character. Great post.

Teresa Cypher said...

I agree with Cathy! It is a great string of characters. Dickens wrote incredible stories. My favorite is "A Tale of Two Cities". How beautiful and sad. Thanks for sharing this, effervencia! I will be back :-)

Anonymous said...

What an AMAZING book , man. She is so cruel, and remorseless. It's so shocking.