False alarm! The soldiers simply want Joe to fix their handcuffs, and the pork-pie is completely forgotten by the Gargery guests. Pip is saved from his sister’s wrath. This time.
The soldiers invite Joe and Pip to come convict-hunting with them. Pip climbs on Joe’s back and the party heads into the marshy Christmas night to find the escapees.
Suddenly, Pip is feeling a little worried about his convict. It’s not everyday that you save the life of an escaped prisoner, only to have the prisoner’s life compromised once again. Pip doesn’t want anyone messing with his very own convict. But he keeps his mouth shut.
The men find two convicts fighting gladiator-style. Pip’s convict is pulverizing the younger convict he had seen earlier that day. The younger convict tries to convince the soldiers that Pip’s convict is intent on killing him. Pip’s convict retorts that he only wants to deliver him to the authorities and to make sure he doesn’t escape his prison-ly fate.
Pip’s convict recognizes Pip, but doesn’t say a word about this. In fact, he tells the authorities that he had himself stolen one pork-pie from the local smithy, thus acquitting Pip of any Tickler-inducing crime.
The two convicts are taken away, supposedly to the giant convict ships that loom in the horizon, on the marshes. And that closes the convict chapter of Pip’s young life.