[Day 227, Page 245] Jaggers tells Pip he knows that Pip draws freely from Wemmick’s cashbook. And despite that, he’s still in debt. How much in debt? Nobody knows!
Jaggers gives Pip the surprise, a sort of a 21st birthday gift. It’s a bank note for 500 pounds, a handsome sum back then. Pip is to live off this amount annually until the benefactor steps forward. He has to learn to budget and pay off his debts with this amount. Pip seems agreeable with this arrangement.