In Chapter 47 of "Great Expectations," what is Pip’s financial situation and his state of mind?

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Financially, Pip is in trouble, and he sells some jewelry pieces in order to have some spending money. He refuses to spend any more of Provis' money, feeling "that it would be a heartless fraud to take more money from my patron. . ." Pip feels good about himself for making this decision, and this signals a positive change in Pip. Even though his bills are growing, he now knows that having money doesn't make a person better.

Fear is the one emotion that consumes Pip in this chapter. He has the uneasy feeling that Estella has married, but he doesn't want to know whether it's true, so he refuses to read the newspaper and tells Herbert not to mention her name to him. Pip's biggest fear, however, is that Compeyson will find Provis. His concern becomes much greater after he attends Mr. Wopsle's play, and Mr. Wopsle tells Pip that one of the convicts from long ago was sitting behind him. Pip knows this must be Compeyson, realizing that he was right to think that Compeyson would follow him. This increases Pip's angst about getting Provis out of the country, and he shares his anxiety with Herbert. They decide all they can do is to be ever vigilant in making sure that they don't lead Compeyson to Provis.

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