In chapter 25 of Great Expectations how does Wemmick treat the butcher?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We get Wemmick's experience with the butcher second-hand as he tells Pip about it on their way home.  He says that he went to the butcher to get meat for dinner and that the butcher himself was a man who had served on a jury for him and Mr. Jaggers at one point.  So, Wemmick used that to his advantage, and asked for a good piece of meat, reminding the man that he could have "chosen to keep you in the box another day or two" as a juror, but hadn't.  That reminded the man that Wemmick had been kind to him as a juror, and so he gave Wemmick a present of an entire chicken.  So, he treats the butcher with respect, but with a bit of intimidation to, reminding the butcher of his powerful position, and of favors that had been bestowed in the past.  It was all very polite, but underlaced with a bit of authority.  He was assertive, conficent and even a bit intimidating.

However, as they walk home, Wemmick softens up the closer they get to his house.  He gets more talkative, shares stories with Pip, and is very friendly.  I hope that those thoughts helped a bit; good luck!

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