Later, at an Assembly Ball in Richmond, Pip witnesses Estella meeting Bentley Drummle and warns her about him; she replies that she has no qualms about entrapping him.
A week after he turns 23 years old, Pip learns that his benefactor is the convict he encountered in the churchyard, Abel Magwitch, who had been transported to New South Wales after that escape.
Pip returns to Satis Hall to visit Estella and encounters Bentley Drummle, who has also come to see her and now has Orlick as his servant.
Pip accuses Miss Havisham of misleading him about his benefactor.
During Christmas Dinner that evening, at the moment Pip's theft is about to be discovered, soldiers arrive and ask Joe to repair some shackles.
Joe and Pip accompany them as they recapture the convict, who is fighting with another escaped convict.Herbert and Pip have previously met at Satis Hall, where Herbert was rejected as a playmate for Estella.He tells Pip how Miss Havisham was defrauded and deserted by her fiancé.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.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.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.He mentions his misgivings to Jaggers, who promises Orlick's dismissal.Back in London, Pip and Herbert exchange their romantic secrets: Pip adores Estella and Herbert is engaged to Clara.