[Page 241: Pip & Biddy walk after dinner] Pip asks Biddy what she plans to do now since she will not need to care for Mrs Joe. She plans to get the mistress position (teacher) at the new school in town. He asks her how his sister died. (No one has bothered to tell him yet!) Mrs Joe passed away quietly in Joe’s arms while Biddy looked on to offer assistance. Mrs Joe says just three words “Joe….. Pardon….. Pip”. Biddy cries as she tells Pip. She’s grown fond of the family. Pip admits that “the darkening garden, and the lane, and the stars… were blurred” for him as well.