I followed the candle down, as I had followed the candle up, and she stood it in the place where we had found it. Until she opened the side entrance, I had fancied, without thinking about it, that it must necessarily be night-time. The rush of the daylight quite confounded me, and made me feel as if I had been in the candlelight of the strange room many hours.
In Chapter VIII, Pip has returned to the courtyard of Satis House after his very first visit. Having followed Estella, who lights the dark passageway "like a star" Pip has been made to play cards with the beautiful young girl. In such a strange, dark house with such a strange woman as Miss Havisham and having been subjected to Estella's insults, Pip has felt as though he has been in the room until dark. The bizarreness of his experiences of seeing the recluse in a faded bridal dress and the startling, but insulting young beauty, Pip is disorientated when led out to the courtyard.
The light/dark imagery suggests the ominousness of Pip's encounter with Estella and Miss Havisham. While Pip perceives Estella as luminous, a star, she lives in dark rooms from which life and time have been prohibited. Hers, as well as Miss Havisham's, life is one of distortion and it will surely affect Pip.