I enjoyed Great Expectations. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Pip. He was starved for kindness and didn't even know it. His sister constantly reminded him that she was stuck with him since their parents died. His brother-in-law was no help at all. He had a dark cloud above his head all the time. I especially enjoyed the twist in the story where Magwitch left him all of his money.
Maybe it's best that children who lived during those times and in those conditions were never exposed to anything better. They probably wouldn't have made it through life at all if they knew real love and compassion. I'm a fan of Oliver Twist and Annie as well.