What is Provis’ attitude toward danger and the escape in "Great Expectations"?chapter 54

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Pip is amazed that Provis looks so cool, calm, and collected in the middle of such a dangerous situation. Escaping to another country by rowing a boat to a large ship seems to be a natural situation for Provis. Pip observes that ". . . he was not disposed to be passive or resigned, as I understood it; but he had no notion of meeting danger half way. When it came upon him, he confronted it, but it must come before he troubled himself." Because of the life Provis has lived, he doesn't worry about trouble or danger until he has to, until the danger is present. Once the problem presents itself, then Provis meets it head-on, not shrinking from danger at all. Provis doesn't see the escape as something that he's being forced to do because he has no other alternative, nor is he just accepting the escape passively just because Pip wants him to. Provis' life of crime had provided him with a coolness under pressure that few others could show. "He put his pipe back in his mouth with an undisturbed expression of face and sat as composed and contented as if he were already out of England." I think Provis is so happy that he's with Pip, and they're going to be together in a different country is the best thing that could happen for Provis. So if he has to face a little danger to be with his young gentleman, he will do what he must to make it happening.

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