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Estella (Character)
from Great Expectations (1998)

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Great Expectations (1998)
Estella: We are who we are, people don't change.

Finn: What's it like not to feel anything?
Estella: Let's say there was a little girl, and from the time she could understand, she was taught to fear... let's say she was taught to fear daylight. She was taught that it was her enemy, that it would hurt her. And then one sunny day, you ask her to go outside and play and she won't. You can't be angry at her can you?
Finn: I knew that little girl and I saw the light in her eyes, and no matter what you say or do, that's still what I see.
Estella: We are who we are. People don't change.

Estella: I do love the way you dance.
[after sleeping with Finn]

Finn: Estella?
Estella: Finn? Is that you?
Finn: Is that your little girl?
Estella: Yes. I had to bring her. I wanted to show her this place.
Finn: Have you been back often?
Estella: No.
Finn: Me either.
Estella: So... I hear all about you. You're doing great.
Finn: I'm doing okay.
Estella: Things have been... different for me. For a long time, I kept...
Finn: What?
Estella: I think about you. A lot lately.
Finn: I'm glad.
Estella: Can you ever forgive me?
Finn: Don't you know me at all?

Estella - Age 10: It's not poisoned.


Great Expectations (2012)
Estella: Drummle died two years ago. He was kicking his horse, and the horse kicked back.
Pip: I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sorry for anything that brings you sorrow.
Estella: Well, rest assured, I feel none. My husband and I made each other perfectly miserable - just as intended. I have been bent and broken, but I hope into a better shape.

[last lines]
Estella: I had heard that you were here and thriving, and I had a desire to see my old friend. My only friend.
Estella: Every last minute? You said that you would always think of me.
Pip: And I have.
Estella: That you would think of the good in me.
Pip: Always. You're a part of me, Estelle.
Estella: You were on a ship, they said. On the river...
Pip: I love you, Estelle.
Estella: [a tear of relief] I'm glad.
Pip, Estella: [they join hands]


Great Expectations (1934)
Estella: Before Miss Havisham died, she told me her teachings were false... that love is worth all the suffering and pain that goes with it.
Pip: Do you believe that, Estella?
Estella: You once told me that you loved me, Pip.
[They embrace]


Great Expectations (1999) (TV)
Miss Havisham: You cold, cold heart!
Estella: Do you reproach ME of being cold? I learned your lessons. I am what you have made me.
Miss Havisham: So proud!
Estella: Who taught me to be proud? Who told me that daylight would blight me, that I may not go out in it and now I cannot? I have never once been unfaithful to you or to your 'schooling'. I have never shown any weakness that I can charge myself with!
Miss Havisham: Would it be weakness to return respect? To return love?
Estella: 'Love'?


"Great Expectations: Episode #1.3" (2011)
Estella: [to Drummle's abused horse who threw him] Thank you.