"Great Expectations"

Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations follows the adventures of Pip, an orphan who is brought up by his violent sister and her gentle husband Joe. One of the most famous characters is an old woman called Miss Havisham, whom Pip goes to visit. Miss Havisham lives as though her life stopped on the day she was supposed to have got married. She still wears her wedding dress, which is turning into rags; everything in her house, down to the large cake laid out for the wedding feast, is just as it was all those years ago, with the addition of some mice, rats, dust and lots of cobwebs.