Great Expectations: Novel Summary: Volume 2, Chapter 3-Volume 2, Chapter 5
Volume 2, Chapter 3: The fair-headed gentleman, Herbert Pocket, tells Pip the story of how he came to be at Miss Havisham's house that day. He, like Pip, was there to see if Miss Havisham could be taken with him, but she wasn't and he was sent away again. Pip and Herbert get along well and Pip affectionately, and at dinner Herbert tells Pip the full story of Miss Havisham. Growing up most of her life as an only child, Miss Havisham was distressed to find out she had a younger brother. This scheming younger brother made a pact with the gentleman who broke her heart. Because of this, the gentlemen ended up with large amounts of Miss Havisham's money, and she never heard from them again. She loved him passionately, and the loved demented her so that she found Estella to use as her revenge. Herbert finally tells him that Estella is not Miss Havisham's niece but adopted. Pip spends the next few days in London with Herbert and after the first night affectionately received the nickname Handle. Herbert then took Pip back to his parents' house in the country where he meets Mrs. Pocket and her seven children, and finally Mr. Matthew Pocket.
Volume 2, Chapter 4: Pip spends his first few days with the Pocket family. He finds out that Mrs. Pocket's father raised her to marry a title and she acted as if she had one. There are two other students around Pips age in the pocket household. The first is Drummle who has a title and Mrs. Pocket likes talking to him because of that reason. The second is Startop. The family has dinner and Pip next to a neighbor, Mrs. Coiler while he gets to know the Pocket family. Mrs. Pocket gets mad at little Jane, one of her daughters, for trying to help her take care of the baby. Mr. Pocket tries to back up Jane, but Mrs. Pocket gets upset and talks again about how she was raised to be nobility.
Volume 2, Chapter 5: Pip goes back to London several times, and one time visit's Mr. Jaggers. He tells Jaggers that he would like to get a permanent room at Barnards Inn and that he would like to purchase a few pieces of furniture for it. Mr. Jaggers consents and gives Pip the amount of money they settled upon which was twenty pounds. Pip goes to Wemmick, the clerk, to get the money and Wemmick takes him around and introduces him to the other clerks. Back in Mr. Jaggers's room, he then shows Pip portraits of two people: a man who was a very important client, and a woman next to a grave. Wemmick invites Pip to his place sometime, and Pip agrees to come visit. Wemmick then takes Pip to see Mr. Jaggers at the police court.