By Carrie Frye

Carrie Frye is a writer and editor living in Asheville, NC. She's working on a novel about the Arctic and writes the Black Cardigan newsletter on the side.

  1. Miss Havisham presides over Great Expectations like a great, ill-willed fairy queen. She is, by turns, the novel's resident corpse, its ghost, its fairy godmother, and "the Witch of the place"—a fury dressed up in a tattered, yellowed wedding dress. She stands, in the Dickens pantheon, alongside Scrooge, the Artful Dodger, and Uriah Heep as one of his most memorable characters.

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