How does Orlick lose his job in Chapter 30 of "Great Expectations"?

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Orlick loses his job because it is discovered that he is the one who has attacked Mrs. Joe so long ago with the convict's legirons and caused her to be a little less than she was before...rather more like a disabled zombie until her death.  Pip also feels guilty for this since it was he who stole the file from Joe to allow the convict to get free from his legirons leaving them free to be found by Orlick and leading to the attack on his sister. 

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