The beautiful daughter of Miss Havisham who is trained by her to be cold and distant towards men. She plays with Pip’s young feelings by being distant and uncaring towards him, though this proves to not extinguish his love for her. She marries an upper-class man that treats her terribly. Come the end of the story, we learn that she has experienced abuse form her husband but he has died, making her free and emotional enough to realise how lucky she is for Pip’s affections.
‘That girl’s hard and haughty and capricious to the last degree, and has been brought up by Miss Havisham to wreak revenge on all the male sex’
‘You must know,” said Estella, condescending to me as a brilliant and beautiful woman might, “that I have no heart—if that has anything to do with my memory’
‘When have you found me false to your teaching? When have you found me unmindful of your lessons? When have you found me giving admissions here’
‘God bless you, God forgive you!’ And if you could say that to me then, you will not hesitate to say that to me now—now, when suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape’
‘In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life’