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Joe's surly assistant, Dolge Orlick, is envious of Pip and dislikes Mrs Joe. Pip's former schoolmate Biddy joins the household to help with her care.
When Pip and Joe are away from the house, Mrs Joe is brutally attacked, leaving her unable to speak or do her work. Four years into Pip's apprenticeship, Mr Jaggers, a lawyer, tells him that he has been provided with money from an anonymous benefactor, so that he can become a gentleman.
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Joe and Pip accompany them as they recapture the convict, who is fighting with another escaped convict.With the help of Jaggers' clerk, Wemmick, Pip plans to help advance Herbert's future prospects by anonymously securing him a position with the shipbroker, Clarriker's. She and Miss Havisham quarrel over Estella's coldness.In London, Bentley Drummle outrages Pip, by proposing a toast to Estella.Pip is to leave for London, but presuming that Miss Havisham is his benefactor, he first visits her.
Pip sets up house in London at Barnard's Inn with Herbert Pocket, the son of his tutor, Matthew Pocket, who is a cousin of Miss Havisham.Herbert and Pip have previously met at Satis Hall, where Herbert was rejected as a playmate for Estella.