With the help of Jaggers' clerk, Wemmick, Pip plans to help advance Herbert's future prospects by anonymously securing him a position with the shipbroker, Clarriker's. She and Miss Havisham quarrel over Estella's coldness.
In London, Bentley Drummle outrages Pip, by proposing a toast to Estella.
She admits to doing so, but says that her plan was to annoy her relatives.
Pip declares his love to Estella, who, coldly, tells him that she plans on marrying Drummle.
Later, at an Assembly Ball in Richmond, Pip witnesses Estella meeting Bentley Drummle and warns her about him; she replies that she has no qualms about entrapping him.
A week after he turns 23 years old, Pip learns that his benefactor is the convict he encountered in the churchyard, Abel Magwitch, who had been transported to New South Wales after that escape.Pip meets Estella when she is sent to Richmond to be introduced into society. Mrs Joe dies and Pip returns to his village for the funeral.Pip's income is fixed at £500 per annum when he comes of age at twenty-one.The convict scares Pip into stealing food and a file.Early on Christmas morning Pip returns with the file, a pie and brandy, though he fears that he will be punished.He mentions his misgivings to Jaggers, who promises Orlick's dismissal.Back in London, Pip and Herbert exchange their romantic secrets: Pip adores Estella and Herbert is engaged to Clara.Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard, while visiting the graves of his parents and siblings.Pip now lives with his abusive elder sister and her kind husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith.Herbert and Pip have previously met at Satis Hall, where Herbert was rejected as a playmate for Estella.He tells Pip how Miss Havisham was defrauded and deserted by her fiancé.