A Dickens of an Ending

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A Dickens of an Ending Commentary by Janice Carlisle Hollywood writers are not the only writers that give in to the temptation of providing their audience with a happy ending. Charles Dickens had great expectations of concluding the relationship between Pip and Estella more realistically but was dissuaded by a friend, whom he allowed to read the ending. It was a revised version that was ultimately published in 1861. In the original ending, there is no Chapter 59; immediately after Pip’s words to Biddy in the original Chapter 58 (“But that poor dream, as I once used to call it, has all gone by, Biddy, all gone by!”) are the following paragraphs: It was four years more, before I saw herself. I had heard of her as leading a most unhappy life, and as being separated from her husband who had used her with great cruelty, and who had become quite renowned as a compound of pride, brutality, and meanness. I had heard of the
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