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CHAPTERS 47 & 48
For weeks, Pip waits for Wemmick's signal to move Magwitch.
As he did in Chapter 31, Pip tries to forget his troubles by
Coincidences and strange connections begin to multiply. Pip
runs into Jaggers in the street, and is invited to dinner at
Jaggers' house, where he's given a note from Miss Havisham.
(Wemmick is there too, but around Jaggers he's like a different
person, and Pip can't get any friendly response from him.)
Jaggers seems to be trying to be sociable, but perhaps he
doesn't know how. Jaggers brings up Estella's marriage, rather
callously speculating on how Drummle will mistreat her. Just
then, Pip is visited by another "ghost"- Estella's mysterious
resemblance to someone-when Jaggers' housekeeper Molly
walks in. Her knitting fingers, her intent eyes, her streaming
hair-she has to be Estella's real mother! Pip's going on
intuition, but he's convinced of the fact. Afterwards, walking
homewards with Wemmick (who immediately becomes his
private, friendly self, Pip asks another series of questions, to
learn Molly's story. Wemmick tells him she was accused of
murdering another woman in a fight over a man-Molly's
common-law ("over the broomstick") husband. Jaggers, of
course, got her acquitted. Part of his masterful defense
revolved around Molly's little daughter, whom she reportedly
killed to revenge herself on her faithless husband. It's a bloody
tale of low-bred passion and violence-but, parting from
Wemmick, Pip feels sure that Estella is that vanished daughter.
Once again, the worlds of good and evil that he tried to keep
pure and separate are tangled together.