With that, she poured on me, like an eagle on a lamb, and my face was squeezed into wooden bowls in sinks, and my head was put under taps of water-butts, and I was soaped, and kneaded, and toweled, and thumped, and harrowed, and rasped, until I really was quite beside myself. When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sack-cloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit. I was then delivered over to Mr. Pumblechook, who formally received me as if he were the Sheriff, and who let off upon me the speech that I knew he had been dying to make all along: “Boy, be for ever grateful to all friends, but especially unto them which brought you up by hand!” “Good-bye, Joe!” “God bless you, Pip, old chap!”
I had never parted rom him before, and what with my feelings and what with soap-suds, I could at first see no stars from the chaise-cart. But they twinkled out one by one, without throwing any light on the questions why on earth I was going to play at Miss Havisham’s, and what on earth I was expected to play at.
Although this may have been apparent in other passages throughout the novel, I picked this one towards the beginning of the novel because it is the first indicator of Pip’s transition to power the first real indicator of the reoccurring idea of wealth and social power. Pip, unaware of what is going on, is being dummied to get through to Miss Havisham. Although the money that Pip eventually acquires doesn’t come from Miss Havisham, Mrs. Joe along with Pumblechook and several other characters believe that it will by setting Pip up with Miss Havisham.
She had adopted Estella, she had as good as adopted me, and it could not fail to be her intention to bring us together. She reserved it for me to restore the desolate house, admit the sunshine into the dark rooms, set the clocks a going and the cold hearths a blazing, tear down the cobwebs, destroy the vermin- in short, do all the shining deeds of the young Knight of romance and marry the Princess. I had stopped to look at…