My father’s family name was Pirrip, and my Christian name was Philip. So, I called myself Pip.
My sister – Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. I never saw my father or my mother. The shape of the letters on my father’s, gave me an odd idea that he was a stout, dark man, with curly black hair.
That day I was at the churchyard. I was very sad and began to cry.
“Keep still, you little devil!” cried a terrible voice, and a man stood up among the graves, “or I’ll cut your throat!”
A fearful man with a great chain on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head.
“Oh! Don’t cut my throat, sir,” I pleaded in terror. “Pray don’t do it, sir.”
“Tell me your name!” said the man. “Quick!”
“Pip. Pip, sir.”
“Show me where you live,” said the man.
I pointed to where our village lay, a mile or more from the church.
“Now look here!” said the man. “Where’s your mother?”
“There, sir!” said I. “She lies there.”
“Oh!” said he. “And is that your father with your mother?”
“Yes, sir,” said I; “him too.”
“Ha!” he muttered then. “Who do you live with?”
“My sister, sir – Mrs. Joe Gargery – wife of Joe Gargery, the blacksmith, sir.”
“Blacksmith, eh?” said he. And looked down at his leg. You know what a file is?”
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