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I had heard of Miss Havisham up town,—everybody for miles round had heard of Miss Havisham up town,—as an immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers, and who led a life of seclusion.
The house and garden are as much a character as any person in the book.We went into the house by a side door, the great front entrance had two chains across it outside,—and the first thing I noticed was, that the passages were all dark, and that she had left a candle burning there. She took it up, and we went through more passages and up a staircase, and still it was all dark, and only the candle lighted us.At last we came to the door of a room, and she said, "Go in."I answered, more in shyness than politeness, "After you, miss."To this she returned: "Don't be ridiculous, boy; I am not going in." And scornfully walked away, and—what was worse—took the candle with her.
The original ending was pulled by Dickens at the recommendation of his friend, Bulwer-Lytton, and replaced with a different version. Most critics seem to prefer the original ending and you will be able to find it online if you like.