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Summary Chapter 3

 

CHAPTER 3

Pip runs through the misty marshes, thinking everything is announcing that he is a thief. An ox stares at him disapprovingly, and he tells it he couldn’t help it.

Pip sees the convict sleeping and taps him on the shoulder—only to find it is the other escapee. The convict swears at Pip and runs away.

He sees the right man at the appointed place, looking very hungry and cold. Pip tells the convict he doesn’t look so good. The marshes are not a healthy place. The convict vows to beat his shivers.

Hearing a noise, he accuses Pip of having someone follow him. Pip assures him that is not the case.

Pip notices the man eats as if he is afraid someone will take his food away from him. Pip tells the convict that he doesn’t have any more food, and the convict isn’t leaving any food left for his friend. The convict is confused at first about Pip mentioning he has a friend, but then he remembers and laughs. He says his friend doesn’t want any food. Pip comments that it looked to him that he did. The convict becomes interested in where Pip saw his friend.

Pip asks if he didn’t hear the canons firing the other night. The convict says all he ever hears is people coming after him and guns firing, whether they are real or not. He asks if Pip noticed anything about this other convict. Pip says his face was badly bruised. The convict asks if the bruising was in the part of the face he indicates with his finger. Pip confirms this. The convict asks Pip to indicate the direction the other convict is, vowing to get him.

The convict uses the file to take off the leg iron. Pip slips away, fearing he’ll be missed at home. 

Charles Dickens