The novel is “Great Expectations,” by Charles Dickens. Pip, a poor orphan boy, experiences something amazing: an eccentric woman named Miss Havisham arranges to have his education and other expenses all paid for secretly. Pip vows to be eternally grateful – until he learns that it was actually someone else, not Miss H., who had put up the money.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "T" is for "trust fund")
The following scenelet should remind you of a novel by an illustrious, world-famous author. Name the novel.
“I realize I’ve said this before, but I promise to pay you back. It’s just gonna take a little longer.”
“A little longer! You’re already two months overdue! When I loaned you that three hundred bucks you said I’d have it back in a month.”
“But look at the situation I’m in. I’ve got to study like crazy or I won’t graduate, and my job only pays a lousy ten bucks an hour.”
“In other words, it's habitual; you never intended to pay me back."
“Well, actually, I guess that’s right. I feel bad about it. Tell you what, let me suggest this. Isn’t there something you need to do – some chore or other - and you hate to do it? You could turn it over to me and I’ll handle it for you. I could pay you back that way.”
“Looks like I’ll never see any actual cash. But wait a minute. There is something… I think you might be able to handle it. You’ve heard of Miss Trent?”
“Miss Trent? Sure, everyone in town knows about her. Wait a minute; what are you getting me into here?”
“Relax; it’s nothing dangerous. I owe her bigtime so I visit her on a regular basis. However, I’m sort of tired of having to do it so often, so you do it. Won’t be hard; all you have to do is visit an old lady for me and chat with her in a nice gentlemanly way.”
“But Miss Trent? From what I’ve heard she’s, well, weird.”
“No question, Miss Trent is an unusual character but that isn’t important. All you have to do is tell her I don’t feel well this week so I’m sending my best friend to visit for me.”
“I don’t know about this. Why do you have to visit her anyway?”
“Well, long story short, way back when I was a kid things were tough financially. Miss Trent did something that was like a miracle. In total secrecy she created a special trust fund that paid for my education and just about everything else.”
“That’s kind of amazing. Around town she has a jumbled reputation as a skinflint. Anyway, I guess I could handle the visit okay.”
“Good. Remember, that act of generosity was a secret and it’s still a secret. So don’t mention that while you’re talking with her.”
“If it was such a secret, how could you be sure she’s the one who put up the money?”
(The answer will be posted Saturday)