Great Expectations

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Reading Log Assignment #3 (Chapter 40-59)
By: Oliver Ng
Class: English 1DE
Teacher: Mrs. Arbogast
Date: February 20th, 2013

40) A Lurker on the stairs…
41) Will Pip continue to take his money?
42) Magwitch’s life story
43) Conversation at Fireplace
44) Unemotional Women
45) Warning to cause Confusion
46) Chink’s Basin and the Old Green Copper Rope-Walk
47) Apparition of Compeyson
48) Estella’s Mother?
49) Miss Havisham’s Intentions
50) Estella’s Father
51) Reluctant Jaggers
52) Anonymous yet Curious Letter
53) Kidnapped and Rescued
54) Recaptured
55) Wemmick’s Wedding-Party
56) The Last of Magwitch
57) Falling Ill
58) Back home
59) United

The dominant atmosphere in this section of the novel is revelation, because, all the answers to the mysteries and unsettled questions are disclosed to Pip. From Provis, Pip was taught of his shady past and who he really was. Pip learned from Miss Havisham her intentions, and who Estella was and how she came to be. More and more was imparted to Pip, such as Joe and Biddy’s well-being and their still caring for him; how Estella was getting along with him; about Drummle’s death; and what Mr. Pumblechook really made of Pip.

An important setting in this part of the novel is The Satis House because it is where Pips journey as a gentleman began, and where it all ends! Earlier in Pip’s life, The Satis house “which was of old brick…had a great many iron bars” (p. 50) and “windows [that] had been walled up” (p. 50). “The court-yard in the front…was paved and clean, but grass was growing in every crevice” (p. 50). “At the side of the house there was a large brewery, a large paved lofty place” (p. 50) and “the brewery buildings…and the wooden gates… all empty and disused (p. 51). “Behind the furthest end of the brewery was a rank garden with an old wall” (p. 58). The garden “was overgrown with tangled weeds, but there was a track upon the green and yellow...