Compeyson

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Compeyson
Great Expectations character
Magwitch and Copeyson struggling, by F.A. Fraser.jpeg
Magwitch and Compeyson struggling, by F.A. Fraser, c. 1877
Created by Charles Dickens
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Gender Male
Nationality British

Compeyson was a male character in Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations, who abandoned Miss Havisham at the altar, and also who got Abel Magwitch arrested. He eventually died after drowning in the River Thames while fighting with Magwitch.[1]

Compeyson had a good education when he was a child. He eventually started his own business of forgery with a man called Arthur, Miss Havisham's half brother. They conspired against her. Compeyson fooled Miss Havisham into being deeply in love with him and as a result of this, he managed to get a lot of her money. He eventually got her to agree to buy the brewery Arthur inherited from his father. When the day of the marriage came, Compeyson left her a letter saying that he had abandoned her. This mentally scarred Miss Havisham, and resulted in her laying waste of her house, Satis House.

Abel Magwitch was a convict who worked under Compeyson. They were one day accused of felony which resulted in their arrest. Magwitch got fourteen years, whilst Compeyson received a sentence of seven years in jail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TV and Radio. "Mud, dust and Dickens: Great Expectations at BBC One". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-14.