What is Pip’s physical condition and his state of mind in Chapter 57 of "Great Expectations"?

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Pip is very physically ill in this chapter. He has a fever, collapses, and is in and out of consciousness. His fever is so high that he has hallucinations, seeing people from his past. He thinks he's still seeing things when he sees Joe, but Joe has come to take care of Pip during his illness. Pip feels such guilt about his treatment of Joe and Biddy. He now knows that money and social standing do not necessarily mean happiness. He also realizes that he must cherish and take care of those people who mean the most to him and who love him. He had decided to tell Joe how he felt before Joe left London, but Joe had already gone, paying Pip's debts before he left. Pip decides he must make amends with Joe and Biddy.

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