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Great Expectations Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 2 Summary

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Chapter 2 Summary

Pip's sister is twenty years older than he is and has raised him since his parents' death. Her husband, Joe, was a mild-mannered but physically powerful blacksmith, who was very devoted to Pip. Pip tells us about the Tickler, which is a piece of cane that is used to discipline Pip. His sister, enraged, comes home and questions Pip as to where he was. When Mrs. Joe slices bread for Joe and Pip, sticks his peace down his trousers. Meanwhile, they hear guns firing in the distance. Another convict has escaped. After futile moments of questioning, Pip finds they are firing from the "Hulks," which are prison-ships. Pip then steals cheese, bread, mincemeat, a porkpie and some brandy, and he gets a file from the forge. Then he runs to give them to the convict.

Chapter 2 Analysis

In many ways, Pip's childhood is marred by...

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