[Day 246, Page 265] Estella compares herself to a lit candle, attracting all sorts of ugly creatures (meaning Drummle). Pip tells her it makes him wretched to see her encouraging a man as despised as Drummle. She’s throwing away her “graces and attractions… on the lowest in the crowd.” She says to him, with a serious look, would you rather I “deceive and entrap you?” I kind of thought she was entrapping Pip. But maybe she doesn’t see it that way.
[Day 247, Page 266] Estella continues her talk with Pip. She deceives and entraps ALL her suitors, all but him. Well, that’s good news, for Pip!
(Chapter 39) Pip is now 23. Since turning 21, he has heard no further mention of his benefactor or his expectations and what is to become of him. He and Herbert have moved from the decrepit Barnard’s Inn to the Temple in the Garden Court by the river. (Inns of the Court, where lawyers often resided) A step up!
He’s left alone more now, since Herbert has his business to run (which Pip arranged). Herbert is off to Marseilles on a business trip, leaving Pip feeling “dispirited and anxious.” He misses his friend and turns to reading often.
[Day 248, Page 267] “It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets.”
“We lived at the top of that last house, and the wind rushing up the river shook the house that night, like discharges of cannon, or breakings of a sea.” Pip imagines he’s in a lighthouse alone during this storm. He shuts his book at 11 pm and hears a footstep on the staircase outside his door. Who would be out on a night like this?! He calls out, asking if someone is there. “Yes.” Creepy… who is it?