Chapter 5: The Sergeant and the Soldiers…
The handcuffs aren’t, as he’d feared, for Pip. The sergeant has come instead for a blacksmith who can promptly mend the broken cuffs so that they can be put to use this afternoon in the hunt for two escaped convicts. Having to wait a few hours while Joe does the work, the soldiers are invited in by Mrs. Joe, and a little party gets going in the Gargery kitchen.
Joe finishes mending the cuffs, and he, Mr. Wopsle, and Pip accompany the soldiers out into the marshes. There soon comes a great hollering–what sounds like two voices–and the search party sets off in pursuit.
It is indeed the two convicts, and these convicts are the two spooky men that Pip encountered on the marshes earlier that day. The first shackled man, which Pip thinks to himself as “my convict,” seems almost happy that the police have arrived. For some reason, it’s very important to him that the other man be returned to the prison ship, and the shackled man’s conversation indicates that the two may have been on trial together at some point in the past.
The two men are handcuffed, and everyone makes their way by torchlight out of the marshes. Pip is terrified that his convict will recognize him, which he does, but the convict says nothing. In fact, as they all stand in a wooden hut, where some sort of police report is filed, the convict makes the surprising confession that he has stolen food from the blacksmith’s house, generously clearing Pip of any trouble he might have gotten in had it been presumed Pip stole the missing food.
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Chapter 6: My State of Mind
Joe, Pip and Mr. Wopsle return home and Joe explains the convict’s confession to Mrs. Joe. This sets all the guests to wondering how the convict broke into the pantry, and Mr. Pumblechook’s wild explanation of the break in, which sounds like it was lifted from a book, is finally accepted to be the best.
Pip is sent off to bed, where the company of his thoughts gives him no more rest than the unpleasant Christmas guests had. Even though the convict’s confession exonerated him, he’s filled with guilt, a guilt centered on the regret that he’s lied to Joe. Pip shows himself to be quite devoted to Joe as his mind shifts between two unpleasant options: to live with the guilt of having lied to Joe, or to tell the truth and risk losing Joe’s respect. The thought of Joe knowing he’s lied is too much, and Pip can’t confess. But the guilt, Pip tells us, lasts long after everyone has lost interest in the convicts and the missing food.
Chapter 7: Mr. Wopsle’s Great Aunt…
Pip tells a little about his education to date, which has taken place in an evening school run by Mr. Wopsle’s great-aunt. The great aunt seems to spend more time sleeping than teaching, and Pip says that her granddaughter, an orphan like Pip, named Biddy, has been much more helpful as he’s struggled to learn his letters and numbers.
One day Pip brings home a little note he’s written in school, and as Joe struggles to read it, Pip realizes he’s basically illiterate. The only letters he seems to pick out are J and O, those from his own name. The two talk about reading and Joe gives Pip an outline of his childhood, during which young Joe and his mother spent most of their energy dealing with his drunken father. That left little time for education, Joe says. Then, Joe met Mrs. Joe, who was too bossy to want an educated man around. Joe shows himself, however, to have a sweet spot or at least solid respect for Mrs. Joe, who he says, despite her brusque manner, “is a fine figure of a woman.” When the conversation turns to Pip as a baby, and Joe’s instant acceptance of him, Pip gets so emotional he starts to cry. The conversation means a lot to Pip, who realizes:
... same time, Mr. Pumblechook makes a habit of visiting Mrs. Joe and discussing Pip's promising prospects, now that he is routinely seeing Miss Havisham. But ... the Thames, making an escape by river more easily accomplished.Pip spends the day with Wemmick's deaf old relative, the 'Aged,' and ...
“We were equals afterwards, as we had been before; but, afterwards at quiet times when I sat looking at Joe and thinking about him, I had a new sensation of feeling conscious that I was looking up to Joe in my heart.” Chapter 7, pg. 56
Topic Tracking: Class 1
Mrs. Joe, who’s been off shopping with Uncle Pumblechook, returns home with news that she says ought to make Pip grateful. When she tells her news–that Pip has been recruited by Miss Havisham, “an immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers, and who led a life of seclusion” (57), to come up to her house and play–“grateful” is not the best word for Pip’s response. He wonders why the creepy old woman would want a little boy to play in her house, and what on earth he’s supposed to do there. Pumblechook and Mrs. Joe obviously hope that if they indulge the old woman, she’ll heap some money on Pip. Before Pip can give it much thought, he’s being scrubbed clean and thrown into the back of Mr. Pumblechook’s cart; he’ll spend the night with Pumblechook so that he can head off early tomorrow to Miss Havisham’s.
Chapter 8: Breakfast and Arithmetic…
Pip spends the morning with Mr. Pumblechook at his drowsy seed-shop on the equally unexciting commercial street of town. Pip is glad to head off for Miss Havisham’s, after a morning spent being drilled in arithmetic by Mr. Pumblechook.
Pip arrives at Miss Havisham’s estate, a run-down mansion with a brewery next door. The place is called Manor House, or Satis. Satis, says Estella, the young woman who’s been sent to escort Pip, means “satisfied” in some old language, though it’s not the best choice of words to describe the place or its inhabitants.
As characters transpire through a course of struggles, the traditional author carries them to a point of understanding and awareness. In the novel, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, characters are forced to face this struggle and eventually go on to reach their epiphany. However, this realization doesnt occur until after much devastation and damage has been caused. The eccentric Miss ...
Estella is particularly mean to Pip, calling him “boy” and mocking his thick boots and coarse hands. As if she weren’t bad enough, there’s Miss Havisham, who cuts a particularly creepy figure as she sits at a dressing table in an old, yellowed wedding gown. The room seems to be frozen in time, and Miss Havisham, dressed as a bride, looks more like a corpse. When Pip can’t spontaneously start playing at her command, she has him call in Estella, so the two can play cards and the girl can heap more verbal abuse on Pip. When the game finishes, Miss Havisham demands Estella make Pip lunch and that Pip return after six days to “play” again.
While he waits for his lunch in the brewery yard, Pip broods over Estella’s criticisms. He’s sensitive, and close to tears:
“In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.” Chapter 8, pg. 70
As Pip wanders the grounds, he keeps seeing Estella; it’s as if she’s everywhere at the same time. And then, as he’s exploring the brewery, Pip sees what looks like Miss Havisham, hanging in her wedding dress from a ceiling rafter. When he looks again, however, she’s gone, and then after one final insult, Estella lets him out through the gate. Pip starts his long walk home, still brooding on the new news that he’s a “common labouring-boy,” and that he is “in a low-lived bad way” (73).
Chapter 9: Mr. Pumblechook Questions Me…
By their respective methods of pounding fists and ceaseless arithmetic questions, Mrs. Joe and Mr. Pumblechook torment Pip into talking about his day at Miss Havisham’s, which he’s decidedly reluctant to discuss. Instead of telling of the yellowed wedding dress or the cobwebby dressing room, however, Pip tells a series of extravagant lies about his day. They all ate wine and cake, they played with great dogs and flags, and there was a huge coach in the middle of Miss Havisham’s room. Pumblechook and Mrs. Joe believe all this, and Pip doesn’t much care until Joe enters into the conversation and is likewise dazzled by the details.
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Pip spends the evening with Joe in his forge, and just as they’re about to leave, Pip confesses that his details about Miss Havisham’s were lies. Joe is taken aback, and when Pip tries to explain the truth, and how he was accused of being “common,” Joe is unflinching in his certainty that a lie is a lie and there’s no good reason to tell one. He tells Pip that furthermore, he’ll never be more than common if he’s a liar:
“If you can’t get to be oncommon through going straight, you’ll never get to do it through going crooked.” Chapter 9, p. 81
Topic Tracking: Class 3
Joe tells Pip he’s not angry with him, he just doesn’t want Pip to lie again. Pip heads off to bed, thinking about his day at Miss Havisham’s, still troubled by this new insight which frames his and Joe’s life as suddenly so common. The narrator, who is clearly Pip at an older age, sees this day as a very significant one for himself–a day that changed the course of his life. He urges the reader to,
“… think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” Chapter 9, pg. 82
Topic Tracking: Expectations 2
Chapter 10: At the Three Jolly Bargemen…
The fear of growing up common so haunts Pip that he decides he needs to get serious about his education. This is no short order in Mr. Wopsle’s great aunt’s school, where the students spend most of the evening putting straws down each other’s backs and messing around until the great aunt wakes from her coma-like sleep, then only to read a verse or two from a destroyed old Bible, full of words they neither understand, nor care to understand. Nevertheless, Pip asks Biddy for any extra attention she can give.
One Saturday night, Pip is sent by his sister to fetch Joe from The Three Jolly Bargemen, a bar in town. Pip finds Joe sitting with a strange and secret-looking man, who seems to be trying to catch Pip’s attention.
First, he rubs his leg in an odd manner, and then later, he stirs his drink with an object that Pip is shocked to see again: Joe’s file, which Pip had stolen for the escaped convict. Pip is disturbed to think that somehow, this man knows his convict. The man also insists upon giving Pip a shilling when they leave the bar, and when Pip gets home and pulls it out of his pocket at Mrs. Joe’s command, they’re all shocked to see that wrapped around the shilling are two bills. Joe runs back to the bar, and has no luck finding the man to return his money, which everyone thinks has been mistakenly handed over to Pip. Mrs. Joe hides the money in a teapot, and Pip goes off to bed, where he’s haunted by nightmares about the file.
... luxury and riches to make her happy. Herbert, Pip, and Miss Havisham are related to this statement, "wealth is no ... we first are introduced to Mr. Herbert Pocket in Chapter 16, he is rather down to earth. His ... on to other expenses Herbert could not afford. One day, Pip and Herbert were going over their affairs and ... to get along with what they had. Joe was a blacksmith, and Pip was a boy who all the ...
Topic Tracking: Identity 3
Chapter 11: Toadies and Humbugs…
Pip makes his second visit to Miss Havisham’s to find it’s the old woman’s birthday, and that a small gaggle of what seem to be her relatives have shown up for the occasion. Pip quickly dismisses the other guests–Camilla, Cousin Raymond, Sarah Pocket, and the grave lady–as a bunch of toadies and humbugs, and Miss Havisham doesn’t seem to think much of them either. One gets the feeling that they’re lurking around in the hopes that the old rich lady will remember their dutiful appearance when it comes time to write up her will.
Chapter 12: Estella’s Varied Moods…
Pip sums up a period of eight or ten months in this chapter, months that begin with Pip’s worry over the pale young gentleman, who is nowhere in sight, and what punishment Pip might suffer for beating up this young gentleman. His summary ends with Miss Havisham telling Pip that she thinks his apprenticeship to Joe should begin, and that Joe should make a trip to Manor House to meet Miss Havisham. For some reason, news of this request throws Mrs.
Joe into a rampage. Pip now spends every other day at Miss Havisham’s, and much of their time together is spent with Pip wheeling the old woman around in a chair with wheels, making endless circuits around the dressing room and the room with the bridal table.
As with his guilt over stealing food for the convict, Pip’s guilt about beating up the pale young gentleman torments him–he’s again afraid to tell Joe, in fact, it is only Biddy in whom he can confide. Estella is still around, and Pip wonders what odd hope Miss Havisham has in the girl, to whom she often whispers: “Break their hearts, my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy!” (109).
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Estella doesn’t, however, ask Pip to kiss her again.
Topic Tracking: Love 3