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In Chapter 34 of Great Expectations, what is Pip's evaluation of his situation?I really...

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In Chapter 34 of Great Expectations, what is Pip's evaluation of his situation?

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Posted July 22, 2011 at 7:51 AM (Answer #1)

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After living with Herbert for a while in London, Pip realizes that what Mr. Jaggers has predicted has come true:  "Of course you'll go wrong somehow, but that's not fault of mine."  Indeed, Pip has gone wrong as he has filled Barnard Inn with "too much upholstery" and placed "the canary-breasted Avenger at his [Herbert's] disposal" so that Herbert, too, has spent too much money. For instance, they have joined a gentleman's club, The Finches of the Grove, where they do little but spend money.  As Pip assesses his situation, there is a nostalgia for the fire of the forge and the stalwart friend, Joe.  Pip narrates,

I lived in a state of chronic uneasiness respecting my behaviour to Joe. My conscience was not by any means comfortable about Biddy. When I woke up in the night—like Camilla—I used to think, with a weariness on my spirits, that I should have been happier and better if I had never seen Miss Havisham's face....

Pip would take on Herbert's debt if permitted, but Herbert will not hear of such a thing. So, after Herbert has spent the day at the banks hoping to find work, they sit down to figure what they owe and how they will pay it, and to leave a "little margin," but more money is spent, more debt accrued, and much more action is taken in the computations than in the paying.  When they were finished Pip would roll his bills into a bundle and tie them.  And, they are "always more or less miserable" because they do not resolve their financial problems although they are momentarily soothed by their having put "affairs into focus" at least temporarily.

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