In chapter 30 of Great Expectations, how do the tradespeople react to Pip ?Charles Dickens

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In his repentant state, Pip decides to return to his town, but he stays at the Blue Boar instead, and then visits Estella at Satis House.  The next day, Pip resolves to inform Miss Havisham about the undesirable character of Orlick who now is the gatekeeper at Satis House. As Pip walks from Satis House through the village, the tradespeople make a point of coming out since he is now in the position of a gentleman.

 One or two of the tradespeople even darted out of their shops and went a little way down the street before me, that they might turn, as if they had forgotten something, and pass me face to face—on which occasions I don't know whether they or I made the worse pretence; they of not doing it, or I of not seeing it. Still my position was a distinguished one, and I was not at all dissatisfied with it, until Fate threw me in the way of that unlimited miscreant, Trabb's boy.

Pip is rather pretentious regarding the tradespeople as he feigns not seeing them, even though he enjoys being in such a "distinguished" position, when they come out so that he will see them face to face in order to test whether he will speak or not.  Observing Pip's haughtiness, Trabb's boy, who has already taunted Pip in a previous chapter, acts as though he is in a "paroxysm of terror" with his teeth chattering; he falls to the ground in his "fright" of Pip, and prostrates himself in the dust.  After Pip passes him, Trabb's boy runs to catch up and throw himself around Pip with bended knees as though begging for mercy.  The others laugh uproariously at Pip, who is "utterly confounded." Further, Pip has not gone too far before Trabb's boy comes with others, and mocking Pip he says, "Don't know, yah!"  as Pip leaves town in disgrace.

billy100 | Student

I think that pip is gay and he has not right in being as frightened. I mean just picture yourself in his shoes. Wold u want to be called a fright to someone just because your gay? I dont think so! Pip thinks he likes Estella but really he loves Herbert. Estella may have feelings for Pip but he doesnt know it yet. Some can say that this a a way of showing emotion or confidence but Pip should not be used as rudeness of this way.

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