In Great Expectations, how does Estella treated Pip on his second visit?

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In Chapter XI of Great Expectations, Pip returns to Satis House and finds it occupied with guests, but Estella is even crueler to Pip, hitting him and calling him names.

When Pip arrives at Satis House for his second visit, Estella comes to lead him into a gloomy room with a low ceiling. There are some people already in the room, and Estella tells Pip to stand by the window and wait until he is called. Later, Estella calls to Pip and again they walk along a dark passageway.

"Well, miss," I answered, almost falling over her and checking myself.
..."Am I pretty?"
"Yes; I think you are very pretty."
"Am I insulting?"
"Not as much as you were last time," said I.
"Not so much so?"
She slapped my face with such force as she had.
"Now?" said she. "You little coarse monster what do you think of me now?"
"I shall not tell you."

Estella then accuses Pip of waiting until he is upstairs to report her cruel act to Miss Havisham or Mr. Jaggers, who is also there. Then she asks him why he does not cry; Pip replies that he will never again let her see him cry. After this, Miss Havisham has him walk her around a room with a rotting cake. She tells Pip it is her birthday. After this they return to the first room and Miss Havisham has Pip and Estella play cards. All the time that they play, Miss Havisham draws Pip's attention to Estella's beauty, which she enhances by placing jewels on her throat and hair.

Later, Pip encounters the pale young gentleman, who insists that they box and follow the rules of the Marquis of Queensbury. Pip proves the stronger. So Pip says "good afternoon" to him and returns to the courtyard. There Estella stands "with a bright flush on her cheeks." "You may kiss me if you like," she tells Pip. Although Pip kisses her, he feels as though the kiss were given the coarse common boy as a piece of money might have been, and that it was worth nothing.

It was a mere token prize to the boy who won the fight--nothing more.

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