“Well,” said Wemmick, “he’ll give you wine, and good wine. I’ll give you punch, and not bad punch….”

Read chapters 23-26 (or chaps 4-7 of Volume II) of Great Expectations.  Then, compare and contrast Pip’s experiences at Mr. and Mrs. Pocket’s, Mr. Wemmick’s and Mr. Jaggers’ homes.  How do these experiences contribute to Pip’s education in the ways of the world?

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  1. In the chapters 23-26, Pip experiences many different environments at many different individuals’ homes. He visits his tutor, Mr. Pocket, his guardian, Mr. Jaggers, and his guardian’s assistant, Mr. Wemmick. All three of the places that Pip visits are all extremely different, from one being a chaotic household with many misbehaving children, to a small, peaceful cottage with a calm environment. When Pip meets his tutor for the first time, he is immediately greeted by 6 crazy and energetic children who are hard for the two adults to control. Many other people visit the house as well, which just added to the chaos and the disorganization of the environment. After Mr. Pocket decides to give the children some money and let the children go out to play, he made “…one very strong effort to lift himself up by the hair”(Pg. 195). This shows that Mr. Pocket is extremely frustrated with having to deal with the crazy bunch of children, and may be relieved that he had somewhat freed himself from their attention for a good amount of time. This might teach Pip the struggles of being a parent/guardian, and he may have to help out with controlling the children in the future, which would be crucial to his education. Then, after a while, Pip decides to go to Mr. Wemmick’s house. Mr. Wemmick seemed like a very serious guy when he was at work, but he became a guy who let loose and was easy going when he left work and went back home. His house was a very small cottage, but it looked to be a great environment for a couple people to live in. Everyone in the household that Pip met seemed very cheerful and kind, and they all wanted to talk with Pip and seemed to enjoy his company. This visit might teach Pip about seeing the contrast between someone in working mode and someone in relaxation mode. Pip might learn how it is important to become completely focused during his working period. Finally, the last visit of Pip’s was to Mr. Jaggers’ house, with his 2 ‘friends’. Mr. Jaggers’ house was a very controlled environment, which is completely opposite of what the environment at Mr. Pocket’s house was. Mr. Jaggers seems to have complete control of the people in his house, and intimidates all of his servants. This is shown when the housekeeper attends to Mr. Jaggers. “…and that she would remove her hands from any dish she put before him, hesitatingly, as if she dreaded his calling her back”(Pg. 213). This shows the fear that the housekeeper has for Mr. Jaggers, and shows the amount of control that Mr. Jaggers has in his house. This might teach Pip more about how to control people, and maybe about how to control people without making them fear you. All of these experiences might be important to Pip’s education and learning, and all of the environments that Pip experienced were unique in their own ways.

  2. In these four chapters of Great Expectations, Pip is invited to three, very different houses. The Pockets, Mr. Wemmick’s, and Mr. Jaggers. Mrs. Pockets home is crazy, bustling and chaotic. The servants are mostly in charge, as they take advantage of the busy atmosphere. The children are all over the place while Pip focuses on his gentleman manners during dinner. “Mr. Pocket got his hands in his hair again, and this time he really did lift himself some inches out of his chair” (page 194). Next at the Wemmick’s, Mr. Wemmick seems to have a merry attitude that has never been seen before. He is kind, warm, and happy in his home with his “Aged Parents”. His house is grand, like a castle. Mr. Wemmick’s life at his home is completely different from his personality as a law clerk. “Wemmick got dryer and harder as we went along, and his mouth tightened into a post-office again” (page 210). Dinner at Mr. Jaggers is unlike the experiences Pip has had in the previous mentioned dinners. Mr. Jaggers home is pretty big, but he only uses three rooms. His home is not at all fancy, but is organized and creates a “serious” or gloomy atmosphere. Some places of his home needs cleaning and most of his servants does the job of serving the food for Pip and everyone else at dinner. These experiences contribute to Pip’s education in the ways on the world because each household is different. They can be crazy, warm, or serious. Even the uncommon can have troubles in the world.

    • I find it interesting how you interpreted Ms Quinson’s question as a generalization. I, for one thought that each house had its own lesson and impact on Pip, which is all part of Mr. Jaggers’ grand plan to educate Pip. But generalizing also works, and simply shows the wonders of how interpretation can change realities. Just thought that was interesting.

  3. In chapters 4-7 of Volume II, Pip is able to see what Mr. Jaggers, Mr. Wemmicks, and Mr. and Mrs. Pocket’s homes are like. First, Pip encounters Mr. and Mrs. Pocket’s home. Their home contained two nurses – Flopson and Miller, them, and seven children who they struggle to control. The room Pip stays in is a pleasant and nicely furnished one, which was a good thing since he would be staying in it for a while. Two other individuals, Drummle and Startop, also lived with Mr. Pocket. Drummle is a sulky, morose type person, relatable to Orlick, while Startop is very cheerful and kind. During his visit, Pip sees that Mr. Pocket does not have very good relations with his children. “Then, in a distant, Missionary way he asked them certain questions.. then, he melted into parental tenderness and gave them a shilling apiece and told them to go play.” Evidently, Mr. Pocket understands that kindness is a key part in communicating with kids, but doesn’t really know how to establish a relationship. This might relate to Pip if he ever has children, so that he knows how to raise and connect with them. Second, Pip goes to Mr. Wemmick’s house. There, he sees how joyful Mr. Wemmick is at home, compared to when he is at work. He loves all his little collections of trinkets and small items, and the customization of his home, and it shows. However, as he starts going to work he looks and acts as if he had never known any of those things. “..Wemmick got harder and dryer as we went along.. At last, when we got to his place of business.. He looked as unconscious of his Walworth property as if [what he loves] had been all blown into space..” Wemmick clearly does not enjoy going to work, but is worthwhile to do it. From this experience Pip learned that having a job and working is hard, but it’s worth it to achieve what you want and love. Last but not least, Pip goes to Mr. Jaggers’ house to have dinner with Drummle and Startop. The mood of the place was very somber and kind of controlled by Mr. Jaggers. He was not the type of person who would take disobedience lightly, and no one wanted to cross him. Pip grasps that to be successful, you must not be so kind and gentle all the time, though that is not such a bad thing. You must be more controlling to get what you want, it is “ruling with an iron fist”, so to speak. There must be a reason for Mr. Jaggers prosperity, and this might be one of them. Overall, Pip’s trips to these places each taught him a lesson of the ways of the world.

  4. In chapters 4-7 Pip visits Mr. and Mrs. Pocket’s, Mr. Wemmick’s and Mr. Jaggers’ homes. Each home is different and shows Pip different ways of the world. First he visits Mr. and Mrs. Pockets home. There, he meets the Pockets and their children. Pip has a quite chaotic dinner with them. At one point Flopson (a son of Mr. And Mrs. Pocket) hand Mrs. Pocket the baby. “Here! Give me your fork, Mum, and take the baby, said Flopson. “Don’t take it that way, or you’ll get its head under the table. (Page 193)” Mrs. Pocket doesn’t even know how to hold the baby. Then one of the other daughters gets up and starts dancing to the baby. Then Mrs. Pocket gives the baby nutcrackers. As Mrs. Pocket is paying no attention to the baby on her lap the baby starts “… did the most appalling things…” with the nutcrackers. Then noticing the baby a young child, Jane, sees the baby and gets up to take the nutcrackers away. Mrs. Pocket gets mad at Jane. The dinner was pretty chaotic as is the Pockets household. Then Pip visits Mr. Wemmick’s house. Pip describes it as a “castle”. Mr. Wemmick’s father lives there. Then Dickens writes “ The interval between that time and supper, Wemmick devoted to showing me his collection of curiosities.” Then he writes “They were all displayed in that chamber of the Castle into which I had first been inducted, and which served, not only as the general sitting-room but as the kitchen too…(page 209)” Was the house a “Castle” or was Pip joking? Earlier in the book Pip visits Mr. Jaggers. “ Mr. Jaggers room was lighted by a skylight only… The room was but small, and the clients seemed to have had a habit of backing up against the wall… ( page 164)” Mr. Jaggers home is small. Mr. and Mrs. Pocket’s, Mr. Wemmick’s and Mr. Jaggers’ homes are all different. The Pockets seem to be reasonable wealthy. But in a sense are normal. Mr. Wemmick lives in a small house it seems with his father. And Mr. Jaggers lives alone in a small apartment type room. Because all these houses are different Pip gets a sense of different ways of life.

  5. In chapters 23-26 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Pip is invited to three very divergent households for supper. He is first invited to his tutor, Mr. Pocket’s house where he stays for a meal. Pip immediately noticed an entourage of children in a bustling, chaotic place where the servants operate the supper. The text made many references of Mr. Pocket lifting himself by his hairs. The text states,” “…one very strong effort to lift himself up by the hair”(Pg. 195). This shows Mr. Pockets stress and frustration of taking care of these children, which may prove that he cannot handle them. Pip also meets his fellow students, Bentley Drummle, who is very unpleasant, and a young man named Startop is soft and delicate. At dinner, Pip concentrates on his table manners and ignores the peculiarity of the Pockets’ family. This teaches Pip about the challenge that is caring and looking after kids. Next, Pip was invited and served dinner by Mr. Wemmick, which whom he has gotten close too. Mr. Wemmick’s house was very pleasant and resembled a castle. As Pip was getting his food served to him, he has learned that Mr. Wemmick acts very differently at work (as Jaggers’ clerk) in comparison to home. At work he is very serious, meanwhile, at home, he is rather merry and joyful. Pip enjoyed his time he had with Mr. Wemmick. This teaches Pip about the importance of an occupation, whether you enjoy it or not. After that, Pip had dinner with Mr. Jaggers and was accompanied by Drummle and Startop. Mr. Jaggers’ house isn’t the best by any means by is well organized and is functional to him. Upon entering the house, Pip notices that the property is oppressive and dark. He also noted that it is shared only with a gloomy housekeeper, Molly, with whom Mr. Wemmick had spoken about earlier. This house was very controlled and seemed successful. This teaches Pip to make sure he control what is his very well, and not always be the nice boy he is. In addition, while at Mr. Jaggers house, Pip and Drummle argue over a loan Drummle ungratefully borrowed from Startop. Pip clearly doesn’t like Drummle, and Mr. Jaggers warns Pip to stay away from Drummle. Oddly, the lawyer claims to like the disagreeable young man himself. I wonder what makes Mr. Jaggers like Drummle so much? To conclude, these experiences that Pip part took in, benefit Pip’s education and learning of success, and all of the environments that Pip experienced were all very important and significant in the development of Pip’s character.

    • Great job! I also wonder why Drummle would capture Mr. Jagger’s interest. I agree that Pip’s experience in the different environments will benefit him.

  6. Throughout chapters 20-22/ the first three chapters of volume 2, we read about Pip’s first time in London. Previous to this occasion, Pip had great expectations of London. He expected London to be spotless, perfect, and exquisite. As for Mr. Jaggers, he is expected to be very polite and cordial. However, when Pip arrived he realized that this was not the case. When Pip arrives in London he sees how the streets of London are truly just typical dusty streets. The streets aren’t elegant and clean but instead filthy. Along with that when Pip goes for a walk he is shown how prisoners were treated and this was horrible. Meanwhile, on page 166, Pip said, “This was horrible and gave me a sickening idea of London”. As for this Pip started to realize that London isn’t a perfect place where everyone is polite and there are no fights. On page 172 Mr. Wemmick mentioned that he could get cheated, robbed, and murdered just like any place in the world, which just provided evidence that it is not at all like how Pip expected London to be. Concerning Mr. Jaggers, he was was ignorant, impolite and abusive towards others, especially his clients. On page 169 Dickens wrote about how the clients of Mr. Jaggers were threatened by him. When people were talking to Mr. Jaggers, all Mr. Jaggers would really do was tell them to say no more and asked them if they paid Mr. Wemmick yet. This showed us that all Mr. Jaggers really cares about, is the money. All in all, London is not at all how Pip expected it to be and maybe in the future, Pip will try and help London to become a better place.

  7. I will admit, first off, that i was rather difficult to understand much of anything in the chapters. That being said, this is what I do understand. The pockets live in a relatively wealthy state in the suburbs. He lives with his entire family and bearly holds himself together, as portrayed by his constant “pulling up by his own hair”. This could show Pip that it is important to maintain good relations with your own family, and it is as well important to learn how to appropriately deal with them. Mr Jagger’s house appears to have been a relatively classy house at one point, and still is, ignoring the layer of settled dust covering the whole thing. Pip is treated to dinner at this house at the very end of the reading. In it, he meets with two people, Mr Drummle and Mr Startop, who are being tutored alongside Pip (not so sure about that, though). Mr Jaggers, during that dinner, shows his servant’s wrists, which appear to be mangled with a nasty scar and stitches. This could maybe be showing Pip that resiliance is commendable, and that what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. Mr. Wemmick is an older person who understands many trades that involve home improvement. He remarks “I am my own engineer, and my own carpenter, and my own gardener, and my own Jack of all Trades” (p.207). He takes advantage of these trades, and builds himself his own house and landscapes his own yard, where he made and ornamental lake. The house is still rather shabby, but at least a little better than common rabble. With this, Pip’s guardian could be trying to teach him that knowledge is valuable and that you can turn knowledge into something that works for you.

  8. In chapters 23 to 26, Pip goes to three different houses. The three of them provide different experiences for Pip. Mr. Pocket’s house has a couple of crazy, misbehaving kids that drives him crazy, making Pip uncomfortable. Mr. Pocket seems like a very stressed person, and is relieved when he is away from them. “Mr. Pocket….twice endeavored to lift himself by the hair”( pp. 193). This shows Pip that being a parent is very hard work, and can be stressful. He also goes to Wemmick’s house, where Pip finds out that he is really just an easy going person, not the person Pip thought he was. Wemmick lives in a small cottage, with what seems like his old parents. Wemmick is more of a more relaxed and merry person once he is finished with work. Wemmick shows Pip that people are more calm and less intimidating when they are stress-free. He also warns Pip about dining with Mr. Jaggers and tells him to look at the housekeeper. Finally, Pip goes to dine with Mr. Jaggers with Startop and Drummle. Mr. Jaggers seems to control everything in his house, and his servants are scared and intimidated by him. He has three rooms in his huge house; the dinner room, the dressing room, and his bedroom. His housekeeper is very is very cautious and careful around Mr. Jaggers. “ She would remove her hands from any dish….hesitantly, as if she dreaded his calling her back” (pp. 213). Visiting these three places and these experiences will aid Pip in the future.

  9. In chapters 23-26 Pip visits three households and encounters different lifestyles. His first visit is to Mr. and Mrs. Pocket. This environment is full of chaos. There are children running and tumbling about all over the place and Mr. and Mrs. Pocket seem somewhat disconnected to all the activity. Clearly, the servants in charge play a huge role in running this residence and Pip picks up on this. He states “Both Mr. and Mrs. Pocket had such a noticeable air of being in someone else’s hands, that I wondered who really was in possession of the house and let them live there, until I found this unknown power to be the servants.” (page 190). Though Pip was eager to learn and willing to do anything to become a “gentleman,” I do not feel he was comfortable here. Pip was not used to all the excitement. However, he could understand the verbal abuse Mr. Pocket recieved as he had seen his sister do it so many times to Joe. Next, Pip visited Mr. Wemmick’s household. He does not expect too much of this house based on what he has seen of Mr. Wemmick so far. However, he is pleasantly surprised as he finds the home to be warm and welcoming. Likewise these same two traits are revealed in Mr. Wemmick himself. Pip’s host was also very loving toward the “Aged” and took great pride and detail both inside and outside his home. Mr. Wemmick proved to be quite different at the office than at home and I sensed Pip quite preferred the latter experience, Mr. Wemmick. Mr. Jaggers was the last household Pip visited. He describes it with words such as bare, gloomy and little used. Unlike Mr. Wemmick’s house, Mr Jaggers’ is charmless and “he seemed to bring the office home with him.” (page 211). There were no revelations to another side of Mr. Jaggers during this visit. Jaggers remained the same at home as in the office. Overall, I think Pip was most comfortable during his visit to Mr. Wemmick’s house, as he got an insight to a different side which went beyond his expectations.

    • Amazing job with your response Matt, I loved the quotes you used and all of the specific information you made sure to incorporate into your writing!

  10. In chapters 23 through 26 Pip visits three very unique households. The first, belonging to Mr Pocket seemed to be dysfunctional and frustrating. Mrs Pocket was raised as “perfectly helpless and useless.” Furthermore, she seems to have perfectly illogical thoughts that terribly annoy her husband. In fact, as show of frustration ”…(Mr Pocket) put his two hands in his disturbed hair, and appeared to make an extraordinary, effort to lift himself up by it(Page 193).” This act happens many more times and is due not only to Mrs Pocket’s annoying thoughts but also to her terrible treatment of their baby. The next place Pip visits is the house of Mr Wemmick. Mr Wemmick lives with his parents in the district of Walworth. His house was a “tiny wooden cottage in the midst of plots of gardens, and and the top of it was cut out and painted like a battery mounted with guns(page 206).” Unlike Mr Pocket’s house, Mr Wemmick’s seems much quieter and more peaceful. The final residence Pip visits is that of Mr Jaggers. Mr Jaggers lived in a very bare, stately and gloomy house on the south side of Gerrard-street, Soho. At the first house Pip feels awkward and in an unwanted situation, the second house is nicer and more welcome, while the third and final house is little-used and has a dreary atmosphere. Even though the second house is the smallest that was Pip’s favorite place to visit. This fact can teach Pip that a house is just as good as the person inside it. Furthermore Pip can also learn from Mr Jaggers and Mr Pocker; from Mr Jaggers, Pip can learn to be more polite to avoid bringing out others evils and from Mr Pocket Pip can learn not to make mistakes such as marrying young that could affect him negatively in the future.

  11. In chapters 23-26, Pip lived in three very different environments. The first was at Mr. Pockett’s big, wealthy home. Mr. Pockett has six children and gets very frustrated trying to take care of them. His wife is always absorbed in her book. She doesn’t pay attention to her children much, and believes that she is the head of the household. When a housemaid asks to speak to Mr. Pockett privately, his wife gets upset. “Speak to your master?” said Mrs. Pockett, whose dignity was roused again. “How can you think of such a thing? Go and speak to Flopson. Or speak to me – at some time.”… Am I, grandpapa’s granddaughter, to be nothing in the house?”(195-196) The Pockett’s children love running around which just adds to the chaos. Much the opposite, Mr Wemmick’s home is worn out and crumbling. He isn’t poor, but not the richest man either. He lives with his father, who is hard of hearing. Pip enjoys it there better than the Pockett’s. Pip is fascinated by everything Mr Wemmick has to say and loves the food there. Mr. Jagger’s house is not unlike Mr Wemmick’s, just darker and gloomier. The only other inhabitant of Mr. Jagger’s place is Molly, his housemaid. She is extremely frightened by him and I am pretty sure that he was the one giving her all the scars on her wrist. “Induced to take particular notice of the housekeeper, both by her own striking appearance and by Wemmick’s preperation, I observed that whenever she was in the room, she kept her eyes attentively on my guardian, and that she would remove her hands from any dish she put before him, hesitatingly, as if she dreaded his calling her back, and wanted him to speak when she was nigh, if he had anything to say.(213). Pip will learn from all of the environments he has been in. His learning experience will greatly benefit from his experiences.

  12. In chapters 23-26 of Great Expectations, Pip is invited to three different homes for dinner. He is invited to the Pocket household as well as Mr. Wemmick’s, and Mr. Jaggers’ homes. At the Pocket’s Pip is immediately greeted by six screaming kids and total chaos. The servants pretty much control the entire household while Mr. Pocket is making “ one very strong effort to lift himself up by his hair.” (Pg. 195). The next home visited by Pip was Mr. Wemmick’s. Mr. Wemmick seems very lighthearted and happy in his home. He lives with an “aged parent” and seems to love it. The aged parent fires every night and Mr. Wemmick is very amused by it. The reason that Mr. wemmick is so merry is that “ When I go into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, when I go to the Castle, I leave the office behind me.” (Pg. 208) Since Mr. Wemmick is not constantly stressing about work at home he is free to be as joyous as he likes. The final home that Pip visited belonged to Mr. Jaggers. Pip was accompanied by his three coworkers. The Jaggers residence was large and elegant but what struck me as the most surprising was the way that Mr. Jaggers was acting. Mr. Jaggers “kept everything under his own hand, and distributed everything himself.” (Pg. 211) Mr. Jaggers must have been using his courtroom techniques to establish authority over everyone, but i felt that since he has a servant it seemed cocky. Also, Mr. Jaggers was constantly washing his hands which made him seem very arrogant. It looks as if Pip was offended by Mr. Jaggers washing his hands immediately after they left. He was “washing his hands of us” (Pg. 216) This just adds to the arrogance of Mr. Jaggers. Overall Pip’s experiences throughout the four chapters taught him how different people can be in London, justifying our discussion from last night that his expectation of London is much different than the reality.

  13. In chapters 23-26, Pip has the fun of being at three very different households. He goes to Mr. and Mrs. Pocket’s home, Mr. Wemmick’s home, and Mr. Jaggers’s home. Mr. Pocket’s home is very crowded and chaotic with 8 energetic children. Also, strangely enough, the servants seem to be the ones to run the house and keep it in order. Mr. Pocket is also driven crazy by his family all the time. “Mr. Pocket got his hands in his hair again, and this time really did lift himself some inches out of the chair,” (194). Still, Pip seems to have a good time. Later on, Pip is at Mr. Wemmick’s house, which he had built with his own hands. “Wemmick’s house was a little wooden cottage in the midst of plots of garden, and the top of it was painted like a battery mounted with guns,” (206). Additionally, Mr. Wemmick seemed to be a pleasant and excellent host to Pip. He also got to meet the Aged, Wemmick’s father who is also deaf. Finally, Pip has dinner at Mr. Jaggers’s house. In this final visit, we don’t really learn anything new about Mr. Jaggers. He was acting how he normally does when he is working: quite unpleasant and somewhat rude. “In a corner, was a little table of papers with a shaded lamp: so that he seemed to bring the office home with him…” (211). To summarize, Pip gets to experience many different households and sees new sides to most of the characters.

  14. In chapters 23-26 we got to learn a little bit more about the inside life of Mr. Jaggers (pip’s guardian), Mr. Pocket (Pip’s tutor) and Mr. Wemmick (Mr. Jaggers assistant). We first went with Pip to dinner at Mr. Pocket’s house. Mr. Pocket has a nice house, perfect to fill a family with, which he does. He has a wife, Belinda Pocket, many kids and some nurses and and servants to help around the house. At Mr. Pocket’s residence, it was very chaotic. Mrs. Pocket had to be instructed by the nurse multiple times with ways to help the baby she was holding before the baby would get hurt. Dickens mentioned that Mr. Pocket was again pulling himself up by the hairs on his head. This indicates that Mr. Pocket is very stressed, which you could already tell from the way that the house was running and that he has multiple students he has to teach, along with raising a family. Pip didn’t really know what to do while he was there because there was so much going on, so he acted as respectfully as possible and got through the dinner. In the next chapter, we visited Mr. Wemmick at his residence. Mr. Wemmick lives in a small house that he is very proud of and gets very excited to come home to at the end of a long day. It has a large garden and a beautiful, large flag pole along with a bridge to cross over through the yard. Pip met who seemed like Mr. Wemmick’s father but was referred to as, “Aged” and the sweet girl that took care of the him during the day. Pip liked Mr. Wemmick’s house, Mr. Wemmick had delicious punch and food and he was very pleased with the home he had built on to make it more his own. Pip noticed something though, when Wemmick was heading back to work, his happy, at home personality changed drastically as soon as he got back to work. After Wemmick’s Pip went to visit Mr. Jaggers at his home. The home Mr. Jaggers lived in was kind of what would be expected of him. There was a library filled with books on criminal cases and Parliament rules with a desk that he would use to bring the office home with him. Mr. Jaggers lived on his own but did have a housekeeper named Molly. During dinner, while they were all talking (Pip, Mr. Jaggers, Drummle, Herbert and Startop) Molly came out with food. She was then stopped by Mr. Jaggers to come over and show all the men her wrists as a sign of power. She tried to refuse but he forced her, and I think it could come up again. Overall, these chapters were very interesting and it was fascinating to read all about the different way people live their daily lives.

    • Ryan, I like how much detail you went into, by describing the different homes and personalities of everyone. I think you really captured what Pip experienced at each house. Wonderful response!

  15. In chapters 23 through 26, Pip visits 3 people’s homes, including Mr. and Mrs. Pocket’s chaotic home, Wemmick’s cozy but small cottage, and Mr. Jagger’s cold yet practical house. At the Pocket’s residence, there are 6 children that the parents can barely handle. They are mostly cared for by the nurses, Flopson and Millers, because Mrs. Pocket is almost completely clueless when it comes to caring for her kids. At one point, she was holding the baby, and the child was about to injure itself, but when another of the children, Jane, tried to interfere and help the baby, Mrs. Pocket became angry at her, even when her husband tried to convince her that the girl was only helping. “‘I will not be interfered with by Jane, … I hope I know my poor grandpapa’s position. Jane indeed!’” (pg 194) Mrs. Pocket is obsessed with titles and social classes, which constantly stresses her husband, because she was supposed to marry someone with an important title, which Mr. Pocket does not have. This household may influence Pip by showing him that to be happy, you just have to live in the moment and not stress over things that don’t really matter, like Mrs. Pocket does. The next home Pip visited was Wemmick’s. When they got there, Wemmick revealed himself to actually be a pretty nice guy, who cared for his “aged parent” and collected knick-knacks. Even though the cottage was tiny, it was cozy, and Pip could tell how much Wemmick took pride in his home and belongings. However, the difference between “at home Wemmick” and “at work Wemmick” was quite distinctive. As they got closer and closer to the office, he slowly lost his friendly and cozy demeanor, and went back into his colder, hard working manner. “‘The office is one thing, and private life is another. When I come into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come into the Castle, I leave the office behind me.’” (pg. 208) The last house Pip went to, belonged to Mr. Jaggers, his employer. His home was practical, with no decor or ornamental items. As dinner went on, Jaggers revealed how controlling he is, because “all of the best, were given out by our host from his dumb-waiter; and when they had made the circuit of the table, he always put them back again.” (pg. 212) A little later, after everyone had had too much to drink and were showing off how strong they were, Jaggers forced Molly, the housekeeper, to show them her wrists, which had scars covering them, most likely from self harm, it would seem. All the while, Jaggers said how strong her hands were, and she stared at everyone at the table as he talked. I found this part surprising and slightly appalling, because he grabbed her arm and forced her to do something that she obviously didn’t want to do, something very personal. From this experience, Pip may learn that it is good to keep a good amount of separation between home life and work life, unlike Mr. Jaggers, who used the same power moves and controlling ways at home that he uses at work. In conclusion, the 3 visits Pip made influenced and taught him in very different ways, and I hope that he uses these visits as references and lessons for when he truly becomes a gentleman.

  16. In chapters 23-26 Pip visits the Pockets, Mr.Wemmick and his Aged parents, and Mr.Jaggers’s estate. When Pip visits Mr. Pocket’s house, he saw that it was a very hectic environment. With six tumbling children and a baby, you could imagine how chaotic it was. Mr. Pocket was very stressed with very grey hair. Pip’s visit to the Pocket’s shows how hard it is to have a family and how much work it is to take care of a family. Next he visits Mr.Wemmick. When he sees how happy Mr.Wemmick is, and how differs he is from the Mr.Wemmick in the office. Mr
    .Wemmick is an example of how Pip should be professional in the office, and how much people enjoy life and how much he loves his Aged Parent. At Mr.Jaggers house, Mr.Jaggers was very in controls and imposing,as if to say that he was better than everyone else in the room. This can teach Pip how to be in control in uncomfortable situations, and how to be professional. Overall, these visits all represent different aspects of life.

  17. In chapters, 23-26, Pip visits 3 houses, Mr. Pockets, Mr.Wemmick, his guardians assistant, and Mr, Jaggers, his guardian. Pip encounters three different kind of environments. One being, very chaotic, one being very senile and the last being an authoritative environment. The fist house, Pip visits is Mr. Pocket’s house. It is very chaotic especially with children running around everywhere. Add neighbors to the equation, and that house is the living definition of a mess. Mr. Pocket, tries more than once to pull on his hair up, It must be a good way to relieve stress from his big family and his stubborn wife. This would be a good lesson for Pip because it shows that you can balance your professional life and your personal life. The next house he visits is Mr. Wemmick’s small, peaceful and calm cottage. Mr. Wemmick says, “when I go into the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come into the Castle, I leave the office behind me.” (pg. 208) He is a common man. From this house, Pip can learn how to differentiate between his personal life and his professional life. Lastly, Pip goes to his guardian’s, Mr. Jaggery’s house. There, Pip is exposed to an authoritative lifestyle. With this kind of lesson, Pip will learn when and how to be effective and kind or generous.

  18. The houses Pip visits in theses chapters are quite different from each other and provide their very own odd experiences. The first house Pip visits is the Pockets home. The Pocket’s have an extremely hectic home. The children all over the place, and the servants are pretty much in charge. Also Mr and Mrs Pocket have no control because all they do is argue. Whenever Mrs Pocket starts to yell at one of the kids, for example Jane, Mr Pocket always scolds her. Belinda and Matthew always clash when it comes to rules and how they treat others resulting in a lack of structure in their home. Mr Pocket is so stressed and frustrated by the ruckus, he appears to try to lift himself up by his hair. This house heavily contrasts with Wemmick’s. Wemmick’s home is very peaceful and everything is nicely organized and in its place. Wemmick even has a cute little collection of “curiosities”. Wemmick is a very kind and sweet man which congrats the vibe he gives off while being a clerk. Wemmick lives with his “aged parents”, as he calls them. I can only assume they may be his grandparents or great uncle/aunt, hence why he uses aged. But I may be incorrect. Wemmick’s home seemed to be the most positive enviro and like an ideal living situation. Jagger’s on the other hand, lives more eccentricly. He has a large home and he only occupies three rooms. His only companion it seems is a housekeeper named Molly. Molly seems very afraid of Jaggers especially when he forces her to show her wrists to to Drummel, Startop and Pip, and she’s practically cowering in fear. The whole dinner was quite strange especially the new plates for every meal, only having one maid despite being so rich and Jaggers odd interest in Drummel. Overall every exprience was new and different for Pip and will help him when he is own his own later in life.

  19. Throughout chapters 23-26 in Great Expectations, we are exposed to different lifestyles. We learn about Mr. Pocket’s, Wemmick’s, and Mr. Jaggers’ houses. Starting in chapter 23, we venture into the Pocket household, and it isn’t how we expected. We’d expect a tutor’s house to be in order with everything in place. It should have no distractions that could change how people are learning. But learning that Mr. Pocket has six kids? Definitely blindsided by that one, I’ll admit. However, even with that amount of kids, he really enjoys that. “And Mr. Pocket (who in the meantime had twice endeavoured to lift himself up by the hair) laughed, and we all laughed and were glad.” (pg.193) Even with the chaotic mess of the kids, he realizes that he shouldn’t be so uptight about his family. It’s important to not take things so seriously every so often, kind of like how Mr. Pocket did in this scene. Later on, we visit Wemmick’s nice cabin-type home with its wooden walls that are grease-like. The whole atmosphere around is just calm and relaxing. Wemmick himself is relaxed and different from how he is at work. For me, it’s just satisfying to know that he’s a good person and has more layers than his one work face. Finally, we visit the calm and controlled environment of Mr. Jaggers’ house. This part is relaxed and certainly is the most orderly fashion, as we can expect from a person of his place. Clearly, he keeps things organized and makes sure that everything is done the way he likes it. We realize he has complete control when he says “I’ll show you a wrist…Molly, let me see your wrist.”(pg.214) Even when she is begging him to not make her do something, she truly has no choice but to listen to him. I almost feel bad because it seems as if he doesn’t value the opinion of those below him, and that he thinks they should just do as they’re told. Pip may picked up a bad quality there, so hopefully we don’t see the same behavior from him.

    • I loved your response, Matthew. Something I liked was that you used a lot of details, and how you inferred what could happen to Pip’s attitude as he become more of a young adult.

  20. As Pip visits Mr. Jaggers and Mr. Wemmick, then Mr. Pocket and his family, Pip and the reader have different impressions of each. First, the Pockets aren’t as rich and exquisite as Miss Havisham, although they are related. The Pockets were a messy family with seven children, strange maids, and Mrs. Pocket who seemed very fatigued, and inattentive. However, the do have a lot of hospitality, and Herbert is very amiable. On page 191, Mrs. Coiler, the neighbor, tells Pip, “That did not extend to me, she told me in a gush of love and confidence, if they were all like me, it would quite another thing.” The fact is that Pip is trying his best to be polite, comfortable, and observant, while the Pocket’s were wrapped up in their own issues. As for Pip’s education, he’d benefit more from Mr. Jaggers, because he is this man who is a lawyer that is intimidating, and gives Pip real world lessons. On page 198, Pip states, ” This strongly marked way of doing business made a strongly marked impression on me, and not the agreeable kind.” So even Pip is a little scared of him. And on his walk with Mr. Wemmick, he is offered a room with him, and he is told that Mr. Jaggers is very generous with his friends, with the line about the wine and punch. So I think that Pip would like it more with Mr. Jaggers.

  21. In chapters 23-26, Pip visits three different homes, and is greeted with three very different environments. Pip goes to his tutors home, Mr. Pocket, and is welcomed by six crazy children, who the parents have a hard time controlling. Pip soon sees that Mrs. Pocket isn’t very motherly and is very clumsy. And because of all the chaos with the children, Mr. and Mrs. Pocket don’t even notice that that the servants practically run the place, they have parties and get drunk, they boss around Mrs. Pocket, and they don’t get caught because Mt. and Mrs. Pocket are too occupied by all the children. And it’s not just the children who are crazy, Mr. Pocket had made “…one very strong effort to lift himself up by the hair,”(Pg. 195), because the children and all the visitors are making him insane. He gives each child a shilling so that they leave him alone and e doesn’t need to deal with them. Thus shows that, ev4n though Mr. Pocket is a great tutor and that is how he makes money in his life, he is not a great parent. Possibly if he had less children e would be able to deal with it. But with six young energetic children, he has trouble getting them to cooperate.

    Then after Pip leaves Mr. Pocket’s and goes to Mr. Wemmick’s house, he is greeted by calm, easy going, kind people. When there all they want is to be in the company of Pip, he unlike Mr. Pocket didn’t have six children and didn’t have people visiting, so it was very calm there. Even Mr. Wemmicks, who was a very straightforward and serious guy at work, was relaxed at home.

    At Mr. Jaggers it is a different situation. Mr. Jaggers’ house is under extreme control. Just like the folk that pip talked to, his house is controlled by power and fear.

    Each house taught Pip something knew. At Mr. pockets house, Pip saw that being kind can help control a situation, especially with children, but also iop is being taught there to be a gentleman so that was stated on. At Mr. Wemmicks’, everything is under control. But Mr. Wemmicks seems to have a good kind relationship with his friends which is exactly why they have control. It’s more a mutual power instead of one person ruling over the other like at Mr. Jaggers’. But Wemmicks isn’t all about being laid back and easy. When he gets to work he is very serious and stays serious until he gets home. This shows that being easy going isn’t going to bet Also Mr. Wemmick shows Pip that you may need to do things that you don’t like in order to get what you want.he way to be successful. You can’t just be easy, you must be serious at some point also, so that you can be successful. At Mr. Jaggers’ it’s more as if Mr. Jaggers demands respect. He mostly gets fear instead, The people listen to him because he assumes all the power, and they don’t want to suffer the consequences. At mr Jaggers’ Pip learns that you can’t always be so kind. Sometimes in order to have control you must be strict, serious, and disciplined, even if it means some people don’t like you because of how strict you are.

  22. In the chapters 23 to 26, Pip visits Mr. Pocket, Mr. Jaggers, and Mr. Wemmicks. He travels from a chaotic household to a peaceful, small cabin. In all three of the distinct visits, Pip learns valuable lessons about the world. When he first enters Mr. Pocket’s home, he is greeted with six crazy children and complete chaos. Mr. Pocket is not good with kids so gives the children money to play outside. “Then, he melted into parental tenderness and gave them a shilling apiece and told them to go play; and as they went out, with one very strong effort to lift himself up by the hair… (p.195)” Since Mr. Pocket can’t control the children, he bribes them to play outside so that he is no longer frustrated with the children. Pip learns that control is power. If Pip will not have immediate control, then Pip must bribe people to get control. This lesson will benefit Pip in the future. After the visit to Mr. Pocket’s turbulent home, Pip goes to Mr. Wemmick’s serene and small cottage. What Pip realizes about Mr. Wemmick is that he is serious at work, but he is also laid-backed when he is at home. His cottage can fit only a few people. The people at Mr. Wemmick’s cottage were cheerful and kind to Pip. They all wanted to talk with him in a friendly manner. Mr. Wemmick teaches Pip the most valuable lesson: work hard, but have time to relax. This is a crucial lesson for Pip’s future. Without working hard, Pip will never be able to do anything in his life. However, without relaxation, Pip will be frustrated and bad-tempered for the rest of his life. After visiting completely different environments, Pip finally visits Mr. Jaggers. With him are Startop and Drummle. In this situation, Mr. Jaggers was in control of everything and was very intimidating. Pip learns that in order to be successful, he must be in control of his situation.

    • Great job explaining the plot of what happened, I fully agree with how Jaggars was intimidating in his home. Nice work!

  23. Pip had many different experiences based on who he was living with. First, he lived with Mr. and Mrs. Pocket. They lived in a large house, although Pip seemed to think it wasn’t their own. The reason why they have such a big house is maybe because Mrs. Pocket has royalty in her blood. On pg. 189 it says, “ …Mrs. Pocket was the only daughter of a certain quite accidental deceased knight…” In fact, Mrs. Pocket is very proud of her title, and Pip finds her reading a book about titles. There were others living in the house aswell, like Drummle and Startop. While living with the Pockets, Pip’s job was to bring down the neighbor, Mrs. Coiler for dinner everyday. She was a sweet but toady woman. There was also six children, but we see Mrs. Pocket actually cruely yelling at Jane, saying, “You naughty child, how dare you? Go and sit down this instant!” Pip enjoyed living with the pockets, he felt upper class and they always treated him well. Pip had a different experience living with Jaggars. It was not full of chaotic children, and he handled everything quite well. The home was full of books of law, and the home reflected Mr. Jaggars, and how successful he was. Pip also lived with Mr. Wemmick. He lived in a very small peaceful cottage. On pg. 206 Wemmick says, “My own doing, looks pretty; don’t it?”. This means Mr. Wemmick built the house himself. Pip then quoted, “I think it was the smallest house I ever saw…” Pip enjoyed his stay at the very small but cozy cottage. In all, Pip had new experiences and had a great time at every establishment.

  24. In Chapters 23-26, Pip goes to three houses: Mr. and Mrs. Pockets’ house, Mr. Wemmick’s house, and Mr. Jagger’s house. First, Pip went to have dinner at Mr. Pocket’s house. In the household were Mr. and Mrs. Pocket, their several children, their servants, and Drummle and Startop. Ms. Pockets seems to be a bit obnoxious, possibly from her pride, and argues several times with Mr. Pocket, who seems very stressed about it. Mr. Pocket would sometimes try to lift himself up by the hair when he was stressed. It seems that taking care of his huge family, doing his job, and tutoring them. Ms. Coiler points out that Mr. Pocket seems to not have any time to spend time with Mrs. Pockets. She criticized Sophia and Jane for doing the right thing, for it seems she does not like being proved wrong. That causes Mr. and Mrs. Pocket to fight, with her claiming that he is defending them instead of her.
    Next, he visits Mr. Wemmick. Mr. Wemmick seems to be a very talkative, polite, and friendly person. He acts much so different than when he is at work. ” When I go in the office, I leave the Castle behind me, and when I come in the Castle, I leave the office behind me.”(p.208) He showed Pip his “collection of curiosities.”(p. 209) Pip met a little girl who looked after the Aged during the day. The next morning, when they went back to the office, he became dryer and harder, and tightened his mouth to a post-office again.
    The next day, Pip and his two “friends” went to Mr. Jaggers’ house. As they went in, he noticed how gloomy the halls seem. It contained objects like books on criminal law and parliament. Mr. Jaggers seemed to be interested with how Drummle looked. The housekeeper came and gave them their dishes, and seemed to interest Pip for she seemed odd and was the only other person in the house. They talked for a period of time, talking about their experiences so far. They ended up seeing how muscular they were. Then, Mr. Jaggers shows the power of his housekeeper’s wrist. She refused to, but Mr. Jaggers forced her to show them.
    Pip got to experience how the people in his life live their live outside of their jobs.

  25. In Chapters 23-26 Pip goes to three different households and has three different experiences at them. First off he went to Mr Jaggers house, there he immediately saw that Mr Pocket was really stressing over his kids and work. “…one very strong effort to lift himself up by the hair” Pip also meets two of his fellow students who are learning under Mr. Pocket. Drummle and Startop. Startop was a polite young boy who don’t learn much about, but Drummle is a boy who Pip already dislikes. During dinner Pip try’s to focus on his table manners while everything in the house was going on. Especially when Mrs. Pocket and Mr Pocket get in a argument. overall Pips experience at Mr. Pockets house was nice but just a little uncomfortable for Pip. After that Pip goes to Mr Wemmicks house for dinner. There he saw the house as a castle somewhat and that’s what Mr. Wemmick called it anyhow. Pip is greeted by Mr. Wemmicks old parent who is sitting by the fire. We also learn about how Wemmick lives. He keeps his work life in the office and his private life at home. He never mixes the two. This may be a good lesson for Pip to go by when we move forward with the novel. Lastly Pip has an experience at Mr. Jaggers house for dinner. He notices right away that Mr.Jaggers home is not large but big enough for him to manage all of his possessions and affairs. Also Mr. Jaggers has a single maid. The maid Wemmick told Pip about. Drummle and Startop also join dinner and already Drummle and Pip get in a argument about loans. When everyone leaves Mr Jaggers tell Pip to stay clear of Drummle, but also tells him he likes Drummle. I wonder if a rivalry is bound to happen between Pip and Drummle. In conclusion Pip has three different experiences at three different households.

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