We certainly are well read dogs, and we like to keep up on all of the classics, which is why we made the time in our busy days to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Though a raving socialist and a bit of a cookie-cutter plot-writer, we tend to like Dickens. (You know what I mean, a raving evil Capitalist with so much money and so little heart is pitted against a poor defenseless boy, and surprise, surprise, the boy wins! GE doesn't follow this exactly, but you see this in Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol, etc...)
Pip is an orphan living with his tyrannical sister and her tender-hearted husband, the local blacksmith in a small British country town. He runs across some convicts in the moor one night, steals food and a file for them, and his life is never the same. Miss Havisham, is one of the most bizarre literary figures, and Estella haunts the pages with her icy beauty.
Quick vote: If you haven't read this, or any classic literature lately, it's a good reminisce of high school lit classes. Yeah we went to high school, you wanna fight? We've got claws.