The mad, vengeful Miss Havisham, a wealthy dowager who lives in a rotting mansion and wears an old wedding dress every day of her life, is not exactly a believable character, but she is certainly one of the most memorable creations in the book. In Charles Dickens' novel, 'Great Expectations,' we meet an eccentric lady, Miss Havisham. Some may say she is simply vindictive; others may call. A summary of Chapters 47–52 in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Great Expectations and what it .