The next book I cross off the Rory Gilmore Book Challenge is Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. It is the story of a young boy, a blacksmith, who just wants to grow into a gentleman and marry a beautiful woman. The novel faces issues of justice and inequality from cover to cover.
Pip, the young boy, meets an escaped convict and steals food so the convict won’t starve (or kill him). Pip goes to Miss Havisham’s mansion which is creepy beyond belief, and the only good thing is Estella, her adopted daughter. Estella is cold blooded and snobby, but gorgeous to Pip. Pip is in love with Estella. Pip starts an apprenticeship at his brother-in-law’s smithy when he is older, but he hates it. He wants to be a gentleman and marry Estella.
Then, Pip comes into some money, leaves for London in search to find himself as a gentleman. He has a caretaker and a best friend who show him the ropes. Estella comes back to town after doing some traveling and is more beautiful than Pip remembered. Pip continues to ask her out but Estella turns him down time after time.
Pip discovers that his benefactor is the convict he helped when he was younger. He then discovers that the convict’s daughter is Estella who has recently married one of Pip’s least favorite people. Fast forwarding to the end, Pip finds that Estella’s husband was abusive and died forcing her to remarry a poor doctor.
The novel is mentioned in Gilmore Girls in season one episode two “The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton” with Paris answering questions to intimidate Rory. It is also mentioned in the letter Lorelai wrote to Rory about Logan when he came to the Dragonfly Fly in to try to win Rory back after he cheated on her with the bridesmaids. Below is an image of the letter which stands at The Warner Bros Studios.
So, right now you are reading my sealed words of wisdom as the tormented, foolish (but persistent) cad hangs off every nuance of your reactions, his heart and mind in a dizzying flurry of questions as to how the outcome will play out… As you read this, delight in the knowledge that this love-sick pup before you does not have a clue…
Now, ordinarily, after a fool has taken my daughter’s love for granted, if I did not kill him through a slow and excruciatingly painful death, I would instruct my daughter, much like Miss Havisham did to Estella in ‘Great Expectations’, to be cold blooded and calculating, to dash his hopes, and to crush him. However, the decision is all yours to make. Love is elusive and all-encompassing; when you fall under its intoxicating spell, you have little recourse but to live out its devices. If you love this boy, maybe you want to give it another chance?
Good luck, love you,