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him for his pains. When he had at last done and had appointed to send the
articles to Mr. Pumblechook's on the Thursday evening, he said, with his hand
upon the parlour lock, "I know, sir, that London gentlemen cannot be expected to
patronize local work, as a rule; but if you would give me a turn now and then in
the quality of a townsman, I should greatly esteem it. Good morning, sir, much
obliged. - Door!"
The last word was flung at the boy, who had not the least notion what it
meant. But I saw him collapse as his master rubbed me out with his hands, and
my first decided experience of the stupendous power of money, was, that it had
morally laid upon his back, Trabb's boy.
After this memorable event, I went to the hatter's, and the bootmaker's,
and the hosier's, and felt rather like Mother Hubbard's dog whose outfit
required the services of so many trades. I also went to the coach-office and
took my place for seven o'clock on Saturday morning. It was not necessary to
explain everywhere that I had come into a handsome property; but whenever I said
anything to that effect, it followed that the officiating tradesman ceased to
have his attention diverted through the window by the High-street, and
concentrated his mind upon me. When I had ordered everything I wanted, I
directed my steps towards Pumblechook's, and, as I approached that gentleman's
place of business, I saw him standing at his door.
He was waiting for me with great impatience. He had been out early in the
chaise-cart, and had called at the forge and heard the news. He had prepared a
collation for me in the Barnwell parlour, and he too ordered his shopman to
"come out of the gangway" as my sacred person passed.
"My dear friend," said Mr. Pumblechook, taking me by both hands, when he
and I and the collation were alone, "I give you joy of your good fortune. Well
deserved, well deserved!"
This was coming to the point, and I thought it a sensible way of expressing
"To think," said Mr. Pumblechook, after snorting admiration at me for some
moments, "that I should have been the humble instrument of leading up to this,
is a proud reward."
I begged Mr. Pumblechook to remember that nothing was to be ever said or
hinted, on that point.
"My dear young friend," said Mr. Pumblechook, "if you will allow me to call
I murmured "Certainly," and Mr. Pumblechook took me by both hands again,
and communicated a movement to his waistcoat, which had an emotional appearance,
though it was rather low down, "My dear young friend, rely upon my doing my
little all in your absence, by keeping the fact before the mind of Joseph. -
Joseph!" said Mr. Pumblechook, in the way of a compassionate adjuration.
"Joseph!! Joseph!!!" Thereupon he shook his head and tapped it, expressing his
sense of deficiency in Joseph.
"But my dear young friend," said Mr. Pumblechook, "you must be hungry, you
must be exhausted. Be seated. Here is a chicken had round from the Boar, here
is a tongue had round from the Boar, here's one or two little things had round
from the Boar, that I hope you may not despise. But do I," said Mr.
Pumblechook, getting up again the moment after he had sat down, "see afore me,
him as I ever sported with in his times of happy infancy? And may I - may I -
This May I, meant might he shake hands? I consented, and he was fervent,
and then sat down again.
"Here is wine," said Mr. Pumblechook. "Let us drink, Thanks to Fortune,
and may she ever pick out her favourites with equal judgment! And yet I
cannot," said Mr. Pumblechook, getting up again, "see afore me One - and
likewise drink to One - without again expressing - May I - may I - ?"
I said he might, and he shook hands with me again, and emptied his glass
and turned it upside down. I did the same; and if I had turned myself upside
down before drinking, the wine could not have gone more direct to my head.
Mr. Pumblechook helped me to the liver wing, and to the best slice of
tongue (none of those out-of-the-way No Thoroughfares of Pork now), and took,
comparatively speaking, no care of himself at all. "Ah! poultry, poultry! You
little thought," said Mr. Pumblechook, apostrophizing the fowl in the dish,
"when you was a young fledgling, what was in store for you. You little thought
you was to be refreshment beneath this humble roof for one as - Call it a
weakness, if you will," said Mr. Pumblechook, getting up again, "but may I? may
I - ?"
It began to be unnecessary to repeat the form of saying he might, so he did
it at once. How he ever did it so often without wounding himself with my knife,
I don't know.
"And your sister," he resumed, after a little steady eating, "which had the
honour of bringing you up by hand! It's a sad picter, to reflect that she's no
longer equal to fully understanding the honour. May--"
I saw he was about to come at me again, and I stopped him.
"We'll drink her health," said I.
"Ah!" cried Mr. Pumblechook, leaning back in his chair, quite flaccid with
admiration, "that's the way you know 'em, sir!" (I don't know who Sir was, but
he certainly was not I, and there was no third person present); "that's the way
you know the nobleminded, sir! Ever forgiving and ever affable. It might,"
said the servile Pumblechook, putting down his untasted glass in a hurry and
getting up again, "to a common person, have the appearance of repeating - but
may I - ?"
When he had done it, he resumed his seat and drank to my sister. "Let us
never be blind," said Mr. Pumblechook, "to her faults of temper, but it is to be
hoped she meant well."
At about this time, I began to observe that he was getting flushed in the
face; as to myself, I felt all face, steeped in wine and smarting.
I mentioned to Mr. Pumblechook that I wished to have my new clothes sent to
his house, and he was ecstatic on my so distinguishing him. I mentioned my
reason for desiring to avoid observation in the village, and he lauded it to the
skies. There was nobody but himself, he intimated, worthy of my confidence, and
- in short, might he? Then he asked me tenderly if I remembered our boyish
games at sums, and how we had gone together to have me bound apprentice, and, in
effect, how he had ever been my favourite fancy and my chosen friend? If I had
taken ten times as many glasses of wine as I had, I should have known that he
never had stood in that relation towards me, and should in my heart of hearts
have repudiated the idea. Yet for all that, I remember feeling convinced that I
had been much mistaken in him, and that he was a sensible practical good-hearted
By degrees he fell to reposing such great confidence in me, as to ask my
advice in reference to his own affairs. He mentioned that there was an
opportunity for a great amalgamation and monopoly of the corn and seed trade on
those premises, if enlarged, such as had never occurred before in that, or any
other neighbourhood. What alone was wanting to the realization of a vast
fortune, he considered to be More Capital. Those were the two little words,
more capital. Now it appeared to him (Pumblechook) that if that capital were
got into the business, through a sleeping partner, sir - which sleeping partner
would have nothing to do but walk in, by self or deputy, whenever he pleased,
and examine the books - and walk in twice a year and take his profits away in
his pocket, to the tune of fifty per cent. - it appeared to him that that might
be an opening for a young gentleman of spirit combined with property, which
would be worthy of his attention. But what did I think? He had great
confidence in my opinion, and what did I think? I gave it as my opinion. "Wait
a bit!" The united vastness and distinctness of this view so struck him, that
he no longer asked if he might shake hands with me, but said he really must -
We drank all the wine, and Mr. Pumblechook pledged himself over and over
again to keep Joseph up to the mark (I don't know what mark), and to render me
efficient and constant service (I don't know what service). He also made known
to me for the first time in my life, and certainly after having kept his secret
wonderfully well, that he had always said of me, "That boy is no common boy, and
mark me, his fortun' will be no common fortun'." He said with a tearful smile
that it was a singular thing to think of now, and I said so too. Finally, I
went out into the air, with a dim perception that there was something unwonted
in the conduct of the sunshine, and found that I had slumberously got to the
turn-pike without having taken any account of the road.
There, I was roused by Mr. Pumblechook's hailing me. He was a long way
down the sunny street, and was making expressive gestures for me to stop. I
stopped, and he came up breathless.
"No, my dear friend," said he, when he had recovered wind for speech. "Not
if I can help it. This occasion shall not entirely pass without that affability
on your part. - May I, as an old friend and well-wisher? May I?"
We shook hands for the hundredth time at least, and he ordered a young
carter out of my way with the greatest indignation. Then, he blessed me and
stood waving his hand to me until I had passed the crook in the road; and then I
turned into a field and had a long nap under a hedge before I pursued my way
I had scant luggage to take with me to London, for little of the little I
possessed was adapted to my new station. But, I began packing that same
afternoon, and wildly packed up things that I knew I should want next morning,
in a fiction that there was not a moment to be lost.
So, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, passed; and on Friday morning I went
to Mr. Pumblechook's, to put on my new clothes and pay my visit to Miss
Havisham. Mr. Pumblechook's own room was given up to me to dress in, and was
decorated with clean towels expressly for the event. My clothes were rather a
disappointment, of course. Probably every new and eagerly expected garment ever
put on since clothes came in, fell a trifle short of the wearer's expectation.
But after I had had my new suit on, some half an hour, and had gone through an
immensity of posturing with Mr. Pumblechook's very limited dressing-glass, in
the futile endeavour to see my legs, it seemed to fit me better. It being
market morning at a neighbouring town some ten miles off, Mr. Pumblechook was
not at home. I had not told him exactly when I meant to leave, and was not
likely to shake hands with him again before departing. This was all as it
should be, and I went out in my new array: fearfully ashamed of having to pass
the shopman, and suspicious after all that I was at a personal disadvantage,
something like Joe's in his Sunday suit.
I went circuitously to Miss Havisham's by all the back ways, and rang at
the bell constrainedly, on account of the stiff long fingers of my gloves.
Sarah Pocket came to the gate, and positively reeled back when she saw me so
changed; her walnut-shell countenance likewise, turned from brown to green and
"You?" said she. "You, good gracious! What do you want?"
"I am going to London, Miss Pocket," said I, "and want to say good-bye to
I was not expected, for she left me locked in the yard, while she went to
ask if I were to be admitted. After a very short delay, she returned and took
me up, staring at me all the way.
Miss Havisham was taking exercise in the room with the long spread table,
leaning on her crutch stick. The room was lighted as of yore, and at the sound
of our entrance, she stopped and turned. She was then just abreast of the
"Don't go, Sarah," she said. "Well, Pip?"
"I start for London, Miss Havisham, to-morrow," I was exceedingly careful
what I said, "and I thought you would kindly not mind my taking leave of you."
"This is a gay figure, Pip," said she, making her crutch stick play round
me, as if she, the fairy godmother who had changed me, were bestowing the
"I have come into such good fortune since I saw you last, Miss Havisham," I
murmured. "And I am so grateful for it, Miss Havisham!"
"Ay, ay!" said she, looking at the discomfited and envious Sarah, with
delight. "I have seen Mr. Jaggers. I have heard about it, Pip. So you go
"Yes, Miss Havisham."
"And you are adopted by a rich person?"
"Yes, Miss Havisham."
"No, Miss Havisham."
"And Mr. Jaggers is made your guardian?"
"Yes, Miss Havisham."
She quite gloated on these questions and answers, so keen was her enjoyment
of Sarah Pocket's jealous dismay. "Well!" she went on; "you have a promising
career before you. Be good - deserve it - and abide by Mr. Jaggers's
instructions." She looked at me, and looked at Sarah, and Sarah's countenance
wrung out of her watchful face a cruel smile. "Good-bye, Pip! - you will always
keep the name of Pip, you know."
"Yes, Miss Havisham."
She stretched out her hand, and I went down on my knee and put it to my
lips. I had not considered how I should take leave of her; it came naturally to
me at the moment, to do this. She looked at Sarah Pocket with triumph in her