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Summary Chapter 45

 

CHAPTER 45

Pip goes to a place where he can rent a room. He tries to sleep, but despite his exhaustion, he can’t. He is anxious, and the room smells. He worries the flies will attack him in a mob, and then his imagination is activated by the unfamiliar creaks and shadows. All this makes him worry more about the message.

Pip then remembers hearing about a young man who had killed himself at the place he rented his room from, and he becomes convinced it must have happened in his room. He checks for signs of blood.

He wonders what has happened, why he couldn’t go home, and whether Provis is safe. He is woken up at seven in the morning, per his instructions, and goes to Wemmick’s house.

Pip tells Wemmick he got his message. Wemmick plans to destroy the other messages he left elsewhere so not to leave any documentation behind.

Wemmick heard something at Newgate the other day. He heard that Provis’ disappearance from the country where he had been living has stirred up interest. Pip’s apartment is being watched.

Wemmick tells Pip that Compeyson is still alive and in London. He had went to Herbert and warned him when he couldn’t find Pip. He advises Pip to remain in the city where it is easy to get lost. He should wait until things calm down before going abroad.

Herbert went to the home of his betrothed. His fiancée didn’t approve of Pip, since she considered him a bad influence on Herbert. Her views of him have thawed with Herbert’s success.

Herbert puts Provis up at a widow’s lodgings, the same his fiancée stays at. It is an out of the way place and not in Pip’s usual haunts. It is near the docks, so when they are ready to flee the country, it will be very convenient to get a ship.

Wemmick advises Pip to stay away and to keep tabs on Provis through Herbert. He can go to see Provis today, but once he returns to his apartment, he shouldn’t visit him. Wemmick tells Pip to also get ahold of Provis’ portable property, for something could happen to him.

Pip spends the day resting at Mr. Wemmick’s. 

Charles Dickens