Estella comes to town dressed head to toe in fur, and Pip is one happy puppy. She tells Pip he is supposed to take her to her new home in Richmond. But hold up. There are two Richmonds: Surrey Richmond and Yorkshire Richmond. Estella’s Richmond is the Surrey one.
Pip is totally entranced. If Estella told him to jump off a bridge, he would do it. If Estella told him to eat a lit firecracker, he would do it.
She lays down the rules, explaining that they will ride in a carriage to her new home and that she will pay for everything: tea, horses, tips, manis/pedis – everything.
Estella wants to take a little snack break in London before traveling to her new home. They eat at a carriage house that smells like horses and stew. So Pip thinks they are making horse stew. Mmmmm. Delicious.
They pay an arm and a leg for an itty-bitty muffin and an urn full of twiggy tea. They sit at a dining table with thirty chairs around it, and there’s a half-burnt book in the fire. Thank you, Charles Dickens, once again, for the detail.
Estella tells Pip that the Pockets write mean, incriminating letters about him to Miss Havisham, and that she is so grateful to him for being able to make her miserable relatives jealous. She tells him there is nothing anyone can say in the world that would taint Miss Havisham’s opinion of him.
Estella rants a little bit about how un-fun it was to grow up in a household with nasty, selfish, jealous relatives and with a mother who only is peaceful at weird hours of the night.
Pip fully realizes that Estella has had a messed up childhood. Duh.
(Kids, cover your eyes, because the next part is a little steamy, and we don’t know if you can handle it.)
Pip kisses Estella hand, and then kisses her cheek. She is like a statue, and when he is finished, she goes back to business as usual.
They get on the carriage and embark upon their journey to the right Richmond (Surrey). Estella tells Pip that Miss Havisham is paying a well-to-do, hoity toity friend to take care of Estella and to introduce her to "society."
Estella tells Pip he is expected to come visit as often as is "proper." "So, like, every hour, on the hour, right?" thinks Pip.
They say goodbye on her new doorstep, and Estella is enveloped by the rich house and by her new maids.
Pip is heartbroken when he leaves her. He is even more heartbroken when he arrives home at the Pockets'.
He sees Jane Pocket strolling around with her boyfriend, and he is totally jealous.
When he enters the Pocket household, he finds Mrs. Pocket ranting about the fact that baby pocket has swallowed some needles. She has sent baby to bed as a remedy.
Mr. Pocket is out lecturing, and Pip is in desperate need of a friend and confidante. No such luck, Pip old chap.