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In Chapter XLVI of Great Expectations, Pip goes to the house at Mill Pond bank to locate Provis. After some difficulty, Pip finally locates it; the name Whimple is on the door. However, after Pip knocks and Mrs. Whimple, the owner, appears, she is soon replaced by Herbert who quietly leads Pip into the parlor. Herbert tells Pip that Provis is resting well, but his "girl," Clara attends her father, who is an invalid. Herbert tells Pip that he has never seen the man upstairs who growls and demands his rum.
"... and you may suppose how mild it makes his gout."
Herbert tells Pip that Clara's father keeps "all his provisions" overhead so they are handy. He also adds that having Provis for a lodger above him is "quite a godsend to Mrs. Whimple" since most lodgers would not tolerate the noise that Clara's father makes.
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