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A letter comes to Pip from Biddy announcing that Joe will be in town and would like to visit Disturbed by the thought of being seen with Joe and his commonness Pip isnt looking forward to the visit Aspiring to the habits of a gentleman Pip has been decorating the shabby room at Barnards Inn and there is even an occasional servant-boy known as Pepper or the Avenger The day after the letter arrives Pip can hear Joes clumsy boots on the steps and from the moment the two are reunited both are very uncomfortable Joes speech is a garbled attempt at sounding over-eloquent he calls Pip Sir and he seems to use his hat to divert his nervous energy and its constantly falling on the floor Older Pip explains Joes nervousness as a consequence of Pips if I had been easier with Joe Joe would have been easier with me 258 Joe is in town for Wopsles professional acting debut in a provincial performance of Hamlet Hes also come to pass on the news that Miss Havisham wishes Pip to visit the marshes because Estella is in town This news of course about melts Pip Joe is not oblivious to the discomfort between he and Pip and he admits with what Older Pip appreciates as real dignity that he is much more at ease in the forge and that he and Pip really dont belong together in London Joe has a simple though dignified attitude about the divisions between men one mans a blacksmith and ones a whitesmith and ones a goldsmith and ones a coppersmith Divisions among such must come and must be met as they come Chapter 27 pg 260 chapter 28 Herbert takes Pip to the station to catch the coach back to his hometown The ride home promises to be an interesting one when its discovered that several convicts will be transported along
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