What's going on in the rest of the book?
Great Expectations Chapter 4 Summary
- Double whew, because no one suspects Pip has been up to no good when he returns home.
- Everyone's getting ready for Christmas dinner with Mr. Wopsle (the clerk at church), Mr. Hubble (the wheelwright), Mrs. Hubble (the wheelwright's wife), and Mr. Pumblechook (Joe's uncle).
- It's a nerve-wracking dinner. What will Mr. Pumblechook do when he tastes the watered-down brandy or when his sister discovers that the pork-pie is gone? (Hopefully celebrate, because pork-pie doesn't sound appetizing.)
- Pip is too busy worry about what the Tickler will do to him to eat much.
- Mr. Pumblechook tries the brandy, only to launch into a coughing fit. Pip accidentally filled the brandy bottle with tar water to make it seem like nothing had been stolen.
- Everyone is totally confused as to how tar water could have possibly found its way into the bottle.
- When Pip's sister goes to get the famous pork-pie, the crowning Christmas delight, Pip can't take it anymore. He bolts for the door in the hopes of escaping the Tickler's wrath ....
- … and he runs right into a party of soldiers at the Gargery doorstep.