In the exposition to Great Expectations, the "fearful man in coarse gray" tells Pip to bring him some "wittles," food, and a file. After having shaken Pip upside down and telling Pip that he will cut out his liver and heart if he does not comply, the large, foreboding man terrifies Pip into complying with his wish. Yet, the kind-hearted Pip also has sympathy for this poor creature who trembles. With concern, later Pip asks the convict if he has the flu, and the convict replies that he believes so.
Pip's act of thievery from the pantry of Mrs. Joe's kitchen causes humorous repercussions on Christmas Day when Uncle Pumblechook drinks from the glass that should contain brandy, but the bottle from which it comes has been refilled with tar water from a nearby jug by Pip, who was mistaken as to the contents.