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Eleven years later, Pip returns to England to see Joe, Biddy and their children. He walks to the land where Satis House once stood and meets Estella there. Both have changed much from their experience of life. After they reconcile, they hold hands, and Pip sees no shadow to part them again. 
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The Barrows sound like they would have been a good family for an orphan like John to marry into: sensible, kind, loyal, and—Elizabeth being one of ten children—multitudinous. Her father held a high position in the Navy Pay Office but had to flee England, shortly after John and Elizabeth were married, when it was discovered that he’d been embezzling funds. That, however, was the one Barrow scandal. Musical talent seems to have run in the family, along with a knowledgeable taste in books and journalism. (One of Elizabeth’s brothers started a newspaper; another worked as a parliamentary reporter.) She herself was a lively, buoyant woman. In contemporary descriptions of her hazel eyes, keen gaze, love of dancing, and “extraordinary sense of the ridiculous,” it’s possible to see the traits she would pass along to her son Charles, the boy like a more tightly coiled version of his mother. From her he learned to read and also learned some Latin. The qualities he’d deplore in her later in life—her vanity (especially in matters of dress); her resistance to aging—were ones he himself shared. It’s not clear how self-aware he was about this.
Great Expectations (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)