Magwitch a fearsome criminal just recently escaped from prison and terrorizes Pip at the beginning of Great Expectations.
“You fail, or you go from my words in any partickler, no matter how small it is, and your heart and your liver shall be tore out, roasted and ate. Now, I ain't alone, as you may think I am. There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel. That young man hears the words I speak. That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself, of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver. It is in wain for a boy to attempt to hide himself from that young man. A boy may lock his door, may be warm in bed, may tuck himself up, may draw the clothes over his head, may think himself comfortable and safe, but that young man will softly creep and creep his way to him and tear him open. I am a-keeping that young man from harming of you at the present moment, with great difficulty. I find it wery hard to hold that young man off of your inside.”
Although Magwitch is a criminal he knows who he is and is not assamed of himself. He refers to himself as an Angel because of the other convict that he is traveling with. The other convict is much more violent and dangerous, Magwitch warns Pip of this not only to scare him but to warn him of the danger of being in this cemetery.
Pips kindness and gratitude toward Magwitch makes a deep impression on him and he devotes himself to making a fortune to better Pip.
"Look'ee here, Pip. I'm your second father. You're my son - more to me nor any son. I've put away money, only for you to spend. When I was a hired-out shepherd in a solitary hut, not seeing no faces but faces of sheep till I half forgot wot men's and women's faces wos like, I see yourn. I drops my knife many a time in that hut when I was a-eating my dinner or my supper, and I says, 'Here's the boy again, a-looking at...
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