Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Chapters 27–35

Summary Chapters 27–35

Mr. Wopsle’s rise as an actor works as a sort of parody of Pip’s rise as a gentleman. The country churchman is as ridiculous onstage in Chapter 31 as Pip feels on the street when Trabb, the tailor’s boy, mocks him. Another important contrast to Pip in this section is Herbert, whose practical dream of becoming a merchant, earning money, and marrying Clara is virtually the opposite of Pip’s fairy-tale rise in status and his irrational belief that Miss Havisham means for him to marry Estella.