[Page 277] As Pip sits by the fire, he begins to worry about his safety this dark, leaden night with the convict just in the other room. He decides to peek in on him and finds him sound asleep. He locks his door and falls to sleep finally in the living room chair. Dickens announces that “this is the end of the Second Stage of Pip’s Expectations.” Chapter 40 then begins the next morning with Pip deciding to tell everyone that the convict is his uncle from the country, in town for a visit.
[Page 278] In the morning Pip awakens very early (still dark out and in his apartment). He goes out to the Lodge to have the watchman come help him light his fire, since he is unable to find a light in the dark. On his way out, down the dark staircase, he trips over something… a body. (yikes!) Frightened, he runs the rest of the way to the Lodge. Back at the stairs with the watchman, the body/person is gone. Pip then learns from the watchman that his “uncle” (the convict) was not alone when he entered the gate last night. Apparently the other person spent the whole night out on the staircase outside Pip’s front door!
Two days in one post! I took a couple of week’s off while on vacation in the beautiful northern California town of Monterey and also spent a few days in San Francisco. love love love, great food, family and fun!