Chapter 8 Summary Your Task: Read the following points summarizing events in Chapter While reading, answer the questions



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Great Expectations

Chapter 8 Summary

Your Task: Read the following points summarizing events in Chapter 8. While reading, answer the questions.

Pip goes home and Mrs. Joe and Mr. Pumblechook are curious about his time with Miss Havisham.

Pip tells “a tall tale” (a made up story) that his visit was great and he, Miss Havisham, and Estella ate cake. He also tells them that he and Estella played with flags and had a great time.

Mrs. Joe and Mr. Pumblechook are pleased with Pip’s tale and “they had no doubt that Miss Havisham would ‘do something’” for Pip.”

After Mr. Pumblechook leaves and Mrs. Joe is out of the room, Pip confesses the truth to Joe about what really happened at Miss Havisham’s.

He says, “I don’t know what possessed me, Joe,” I replied, letting his shirt sleeve go, and sitting down in the ashes at his feet, hanging my head; “but I wish you hadn’t taught me to call knaves at cards jacks, and I wish my boots weren’t so thick nor my hands so coarse” (694).

He explains to Joe that Miss Havisham and Estella were very rude to him and that Estella was “dreadfully proud, and that she had said I was common, and that I knew I was common and that I wished I was not common…” (695).

Why is Pip upset with his upbringing?

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After Pip confesses, Joe assures him that he is not common and tells him that he is great, not common!

Pip goes off to bed and thinks “how common Estella would consider Joe, a mere blacksmith, how thick his boots, and how coarse his hands” (695).



What makes Pip think of Joe so differently?

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The chapter ends with Pip noting, “That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause, you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day” (695).



Pip’s first day with Miss Havisham was a memorable day for him. Explain WHY you think it was so memorable. Why was this chapter a turning point in this story?

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