In the book "Great Expectations", in what ways is Pip's convict frightening?

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Pip describes the convict as a "fearful" man who has a "great iron" on his leg and

"no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin."

Pip's is afraid the man is going to slit his throat. Then the convict picks Pip up and

"and tilted me back as far as he could hold me; so that his eyes looked most powerfully down into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his."

The convict demands that Pip get food and a file and also says there is another person with him.

There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel. That young man hears the words I speak. That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself, of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver."

So Pip is not only afraid of the convict, but some unseen man who will kill him if he does not do what the convict wants. He is so frightened that he runs home and does what the convict wants.

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