Weeks go by, and no word from Wemmick. Pip is anxiety-ridden. The worries keep piling up.
Even though he’s hurting for money, Pip gives Herbert his pocketbook bursting with money. Though Magwitch is growing on him, Pip just doesn’t feel right taking his money.
Pip wonders whether Estella is married yet to the spider.
Not wanting to know the answer, he begs Herbert to never talk about Estella again.
Pip continues to row, row, row his boat, and to wait for Wemmick to give the go ahead.
It’s late February, and Pip decides to take himself out for dinner and the theater.
He goes to the chophouse for dinner and eats some chops.
He goes to the theater to see Mr. Wopsle in a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s a really bad production, but at one point during the show, Mr. Wopsle stares right at Pip as though he sees a ghost. Pip is pretty certain that Mr. Wopsle isn’t acting at that moment, and so he’s a little spooked.
After the performance, Mr. Wopsle tells Pip that he saw a ghostly man sitting right behind Pip, and that the man was the same man that had fought with Pip’s convict on the marshes so many years ago.
Pip doesn’t know what to do with himself. He tells Herbert and Wemmick about his encounter with Compeyson, and they decide to be uber cautious from now on, knowing that Magwitch’s enemy is on the hunt.