Abel Magwitch: A convict first exposed to Pip in the beginning of the novel. The escaped convict at the beginning of the novel, who persuades Pip to bring him food and a file in order to cut himself free from his iron chains. Years later Pip learns that Magwitch was his secret benefactor and the source of his ‘great expectations’. Eventually, posing as Pip’s uncle under the name of Provis, he is betrayed by his criminal accomplice and enemy Compeyson and sentenced to death.
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