Chapters 40 -
1. Why is Jaggers careful to distinguish between
whether Pip was “told” or “informed of” the
identity of his benefactor?
2. Abel Magwitch’s name alludes to a biblical
character. How is this significant?
3. Compare Pip’s difficulty disguising Magwitch
with his observation about Joe in his Sunday
1. What are Pip’s options if he can no longer
accept any money from Magwitch?
2. Why is Pip ambivalent toward Magwitch?
1. Why does Dickens choose to begin the chapter
with a note of humor? (Think about the purpose
of Whit’s character in Of Mice and Men to help
you answer this question.)
2. What important story is revealed when dealing
with Magwitch, Compeyson, and Arthur?
3. How is Arthur’s hallucination significant now
that the revelation about Miss Havisham has
1. How does Dickens continue to connect
Magwitch and Estella?
2. How is it significant that Estella has gone to
Satis House without asking Pip to accompany
3. How is the scene with Pip and Drummle by
the fireplace humorous?
1. How does this chapter serve as the climax of
the Pip/Estella plot?
2. On what will the rest of the novel most likely
1. What important information is revealed
about Compeyson and Magwitch?
2. What are two future plot events that are
suggested by Wemmick?
1. How does Dickens establish the character of
Clara’s father without the reader ever
1. What can be assumed is part of Pip’s
2. What information is revealed because of
Wopsle being in London?
1. Loose ends are beginning to come together.
What does the reader learn about Molly?
2. What is foreshadowed about Estella’s future
with her husband?
1. How does Dickens create sympathy for Miss
2. How is the fire (that destroys Miss Havisham’s
3. How is the fire symbolic when it burns Pip?
4. Pip has a “childish association” when he
decides to return to Miss Havisham’s room.
What had Pip imagined he saw on his first visit
to Satis House?