Pip goes to Estella to talk to her about Provis, but he finds out that she has gone home without him. The next day he makes a trip over to the Satis house where he is greeted by none other than Drummle. Pip goes inside and sees Estella sewing. Miss Havisham and Estella are both quiet, but Miss Havisham is the first to say anything to Pip. Pip gets his heart broken when he finds out that Estella is going to marry Drummle. He says that he wish he had never seen Miss Havisham’s face, because all she has caused him is pain. After leaving, he receives a letter that says “Don’t go Home.” It is in Wemmick’s handwriting, so he decides to make a visit to Wemmick. In the end Pip is over at Wemmick’s house next to Aged P.
Characters- Pip meets a lady named Miss Skiffins. She is a person who is accompanying Wemmick. Pip says that Miss Skiffins has a “wooden appearance.” Pip thinks that Miss Skiffins is an okay person. Provis, Magwich, and Pip’s Uncle are all the same person. He is the convict that was in the graveyard at the beginning of the story. He was more frightening at the beginning of the story than he is now. He is bald and has gray hair. Pip guesses him to be about sixty-years-old. He is a very desperate man. Pip soon finds out, though, that Magwich is his benefactor. Compeyson is the other convict that Magwich almost kills in the ditch. In the beginning Magwich worked for Compeyson, although Magwich was older. Magwich says that he felt Compeyson was better because he was educated. Compeyson ends up making a fool of Magwich and getting Magwich a longer jail term. Sarah is Compeyson’s wife, she has the shroud that Arthur was always talking about. Arthur was the first person to work for Compeyson.
Personal Response- I like this section more than I liked most sections. This had a lot of contrast between sections. You find out more about people that you didn’t know about before. Before I read this section I had no idea what the significance of the two convicts were, now I know. I can see where Charles Dickens might have left his readers hanging. At the end of chapter 40, Charles Dickens ends with “He spread his hand on each knee, and after turning an angry eye on the fire for a few silent moments, looked around at us and said what follows.” I really like how Dickens does that. It makes me want to read on.
Vocabulary- this time I did have some vocabulary words.
Contingent- something that may happen but of which there is no assurance
Staved- to break or break in
Extorted- to obtain by threat or force
Unmindful- not bearing in mind
Assailed- to fall or attack with vehemence
Theme- Things aren’t as they appear to be. Before Pip thinks that his benefactor is Miss Havisham, but now Magwich is telling Pip he is. However, Magwich might not be the benefactor at all. So something that Pip thought was not right. Also, when Pip thought that Estella hated Drummle, it turned out that she was going to marry him. There are so many hurtful things that can be brought out when you are wrong about something. Pip loves Estella, but Pip is hurt because she loves Drummle.
Plot and Setting- Pip decided now that he knew someone was watching him and Provis that he will have to put Provis somewhere where he is safe. They decide to take him to up river, because they think that no boatman will ever seek him there. They all agreed to carry this plan out, and so Pip had to say good-bye to Provis.
Pip is now getting worried that Estella is married, and he is fearful of having it confirmed. He avoided newspapers. Pip decided to go to the theater where Mr. Wopsle was performing. After the performance, Pip and Mr. Wopsle talk. Mr. Wopsle says that he say Compeyson lurking behind Pip as he watched the play. Pip was very frightened of this, because he had hoped that Compeyson was dead.
Mr. Jaggers comes up from behind Pip and takes his are. Jaggers asks him where he is going. Since Pip was only going back home, Jaggers decided to take him out to dinner, and Wemmick was going to be there. While he was there, Pip noticed the maid Molly. Pip could have sworn that Molly resembled Estella. Pip asked Jaggers about Molly. He told him about how she was accused of murdering another person. Jaggers made it look like she wasn’t strong enough to strangle the victim. Molly was let off. Jaggers also gave Pip the note that he was supposed to go see Miss Havisham.
Pip goes to see Miss Havisham. This time she isn’t in her usual room. As Pip talks to her she just kind of keeps her head down like she is ashamed of something. Miss Havisham offers to give Pip money. Pip asks her for 900 pounds, which is what is needed for Herbert to start that business. She gives him a gold plate with her signiture on it to give to Mr. Jaggers. She gets on her knees by Pip’s feet and begs for forgiveness. She asks him to put below her name on the plate, “I forgive her.” Pip also asks Miss Havisham about Estella. He finds out that Jaggers brought her to Miss Havisham to raise because she had always wanted a child. After talking to Miss Havisham for a while, Pip went out of the room. He started down the stairs, and wanted to go back and see Miss Havisham. When he went back, he saw that she was on fire. He quickly threw her to the ground and patted out the flames. He had severe burns on his hands and arm. Miss Havisham was very ill after that.
Pip went back to the temple, and Herbert put bandages on Pip. Herbert brought up that he had talked to Provis. Herbert told Pip that Provis told him about a girl that he was very fond of. After his wife had murdered the woman in the barn she took the child. He lost that girl and could never see her again. Pip had concluded that this little girl was Estella.
Pip goes to cash the check to Mr. Jaggers, because she handles all of Miss Havisham’s money. At first he refuses to give Pip the money, but eventually he does. Jaggers talks to him about if he knew the father of Estella. Pip told him who it was, and Jaggers was astonished.
Pip was getting anxious to start to business for Herbert. They Received a letter that said “Walworth. Burn this as soon as read. Early in the week, or say Wednesday, you might do what you know of, if you felt disposed to try it.” They decided to take Startop along, for he had a skilled hand. Pip received a letter that told him to come to the little sluice house with information regarding his Uncle Provis. Pip decided to do this for he was interested in what this person had to say. He avoided the Blue Boar Inn, and he stayed at a different place for the night.
He went out when it was a dark night. After he saw the limekiln, he knew he was on the right track. When he went up to the little sluice house he knocked on the door. There was no answer. He opened the door and saw a candle that was lit not to long ago. He thought that he better go, but it was storming outside. He decided to stand just inside the door for shelter. A strong hand grabbed him and seized his arms. The man said that he was going to kill Pip, and burn his body in the limekiln. This man was none other than Old Orlick. Pip was very frightened. Orlick told Pip that he was the one that killed his sister. Pip screamed, and he heard shouting. Orlick came out of this struggle and jumped out of the window. Trabb’s boy, Herbert, and Startop had come to save Pip. Pip was very happy that he was saved, and that he wasn’t out that long. When Pip asked how they got there they explained to him how the picked up Trabb’s boy at the Blue Boar inn.
They finally set out for there destination. They were going along and felt that they were being followed. They went to this old house that was dirty. There were only three people there, and they had good food though. As they were there they talked to the “jack.” They felt uncomfortable talking to him because of the way he talked. Pip proposed that Provis and him should take a walk. They found the ship to Hamburg and got aboard. On the ship a man noticed Magwitch and Compeyson. They both fell off of the ship. Pip jumped onto the other ship. Magwitch came out of the water with large cuts on his chest. Compeyson was dead. Magwitch was arrested, and was tried. He received the death sentence. He is now even nicer to Pip than he was before. Pip tried to sign a petition against his sentence. Before his sentence could carry out, he died. Pip no longer had a benefactor, nor a good friend.
Pip left the Temple and went to Joe’s. Joe was very nice to Pip, and Pip even asked Joe not to be so nice. The two continue to talk to eachother about how their lives had been. Pip asked Joe if he knew who his real benefactor was. Joe knew. Pip also asked if Miss Havisham was dead. Joe said that she was. Pip also talks to Biddy. Biddy has not changed much from her original person, but Pip was seeing a new side to her. Pip was going to ask Biddy to marry him. As Pip was going out to ask her to marry him, he saw the two out there. It was their wedding. Pip was very unhappy about this, but they were very pleased to see Pip. Biddy and Joe both talked about how happy they were that Pip came back. Pip made them Promise that Joe would have child. Pip went back to stay with Herbert and Clara. Pip worked his way up in the business for eleven years.
For eleven years Pip had not seen Biddy or Joe. Upon his return, he saw Joe sitting there. He was an old man now. He had a child that resembled Pip a little bit, although he was not related to him. Pip took little Pip out to the graveyard and sat him on the stone of Phillip Pirrip and Also Georgiana Wife of the Above. After dinner Pip asked Biddy if he could have little Pip to raise. She said for him to start a life of his own. He said that for the rest of his life that he was just going to live with Herbert and Clara. This is where the original ending ended.
Pip decided to take a walk, on his way he saw Estella. He noticed her, but she did not notice him. Estella had lost Drummle to a horse accident, and she was said to had been married again. Estella apologized to Pip for all the things that she did. And so, the book ended with these final words. “I was very glad afterwards to have had the interview, for in her face and in her voice, and in her touch, she gave me the assurance that suffering had been stronger that Miss Havisham’s teachings, and had given her a heart to understand what my heart used to be.”
Characters- These last chapters introduced no new main characters, except for the “jack” and the two other people that were not important. These last chapters, however, did tell how the characters ended up affecting Pip’s life. I will talk about who was re-introduced, and how they ended. Wemmick ended up in the story being a nice guy that helped Pip out with problems that he needed legal advice on. Jaggers turned out to be a typical lawyer. He would lie, and also avoid the truth to help him win the case. This example was brought out with Molly, when he made it seem like she was too weak to kill that other woman. Startop ended up helping out Pip in the long run by tracking him down at the house where Orclick was holding him. Trabb’s boy was also there helping track Pip down. Orlick ended up being and evil villian that had tried to kill Pip. He also revealed that he had killed Pip’s sister. Compeyson died in the tide after falling into the water. Provis was captured and arrested. He was given the death penalty for coming back to London. Before his sentence could hold out, he died. Miss Havisham is dead, but she did apologize to Pip for causing him so much pain. She gave him the money to give to Herbert. After the death of her, she left all her assets to Matthew Pocket. Herbert pocket ended up being a successful business person. He lived with his wife Clara and Pip. Joe stilled cared for Pip very much. He named his little boy after Pip, because he resembled him. Biddy ended up marrying Joe, and they lived together for a very long time. She was and still is very good to Pip. Bently Drummle had died in a horse accident. Estella was said to have been married again. Estella was a changed person. She apologized to Pip for the years of pain that she caused him. She feels for Pip now, and realizes that he loved her all of these years. Pip has changed the most out of anyone. The reason he has changed, is because he had so many people to change his life for him. He started out as a poor boy, and worked his way to a gentleman. Pip now realized his greatest expectation of all.
Personal Response- I feel that this is the best section in the entire novel. The characters are brought back into play. Not only that, but it shows how they have affected Pip’s life. Some of them died, and some of them went off the work for a better place. No matter where they are though, Pip will always recognize them as a person that has affected his life. This part of the story really makes me enjoy the book, and it makes me want to read other novels by Charles Dickens.
Vocabulary- (and make up Vocabulary)
Countenance- the face, especially the expression of the face
Eddy-chafed- to move in a circle
Wharf- a structure on the shore of a navigable body of water where ships load
Dwelt- to reside
Alighted- to dismount
Unwonted- The is no definition
Absolve- to free from obligation
Acquitted- to declare free of guilt
Inquiringly- the act of asking a question
Obdurate- not to be moved by argument or appeal
Magistrate-a civil officer invested with certain judicial and executive powers
Imperceptible- beyond perception by the senses or the mind
Adjured- to command an oath
Forbore- to refrain, hold back
Descried- to discover or spy with the eye
Endeavor- to strike or work
Repugnance- extreme distasteful
Penitent- sorrow for sins
Irrevocable- not capable of being recalled or undone
Frugally- thrifty, economical
Theme- A problem might never be solved without a guide is the theme for the next chapters. Sometimes people come across that is very hard to solve. Because either way it could be bad, or you could just not know the outcome. There are always helpers there to guide us along the way if we are having troubles. Pip is having trouble with Orlick, but Herbert and Startop come to save him. It is those helpers which help us get through life.
Cemetery, Beginning of the Story- Pip is just a little boy at this time. It is at a dark time of night. The church is nearby, and he is in graveyard. Pip is looking at the haunting gravestone of his beloved mother and father. Then, a man comes up and grabs him. The moonlight shines on the two, and it is a horrifying experience for Pip.
Satis House- An old lady name Miss Havisham owns this great big house. Just because it is great and big does not mean it is beautiful. The house is dirty. It seems like time has stopped in there. The clocks were on a certain time. In the great room there was the cake that had been there on the wedding day. It had rotted, and mice were crawling in it. The lady that was living in the house was very strange. The house was dark in many places. It was a weird place for Pip to go.
Jagger’s House- Jagger’s house is very dirty and messy. He does have a maid named Molly, but the house is still trashy. The people that live in it are rather strange. Mr. Jaggers is a pretty weird guy himself. Sometimes he enjoys Pip’s company, although he looks at Pip as a mere child. Pip just knows Jaggers as and acquaintance not so much as a friend.
Wemmick’s House- Wemmick is a pretty strange guy. He has two personalities, one is a home and one is a work personality. The one at home is more carefree. He made this house into a castle. He put a moat around it, and he had a drawbridge. He loved his house. Wemmick ended up being a very good guide for Pip, because he helped him make some pretty tough descisions.
Barnard’s Inn- This place is just a dump. It is in a part of the city where the buildings are close together, and Pip does not really enjoy staying here. He always talks about a guy named Barnard, although there was no guy really named Barnard. This place is definitely a place where Pip will not want to go back to.
The Temple- Pip enjoys this place a lot better than Barnard’s Inn. Him and Herbert live there, and they share the room. They each have there own room in there, and Provis stays there for a while. I pictured this place as a kind of apartment building that was not very modern. I can get a good picture in my head of what The Temple looked like.
Joe’s Home- This is where Pip grew up at, so I am guessing this is where his greatest memories are. So much had happened in that house, since the time he was little and even up to when Joe and Biddy were married. That house to me always seemed so out in the middle of nowhere, but still warm and a great family environment. A typical country home.