On what street does Mr. Pumblechook live in Great Expectations?

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Uncle Pumblechook lives in the market section of the town on High Street.

One winter day, Mrs. Joe and Uncle Pumblechook return from the market; Mrs. Joe is quite excited, declaring that Pip should be grateful because he is to go to the house of Miss Havisham's to play the next day. She, then, proceeds to scrub Pip from head to toe. Afterwards, Pip is loaded into the chaise-cart of Pumblechook so that he can spend the night there. From his place, Pumblechook offers to take Pip to Miss Havisham's.

Mr. Pumblechook's premises in the High-street of the market town, were of a peppercorny and farinaceous character, as the premises of a corn-chandler and seedsman should be.

Pip has a new experience staying in town with Uncle Pumblechook, who watches the other shopkeepers and they watch him. In the morning Pumblechook feeds Pip more crumbs than food; then, he begins "a running sum" that lasts through breakfast, quizzing Pip in arithmetic. After this, Pip is driven in Uncle Pumblechook's chaise-cart to Miss Havisham's, where he has strange experiences.


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