Chapter Summary.

A short chapter in the novel, Chapter 6 takes over from the end of Chapter 5, where Pip has just watched the recapture of the two escaped convicts and saw them being transported back to the prison hulk. Pip is still wracked with guilt over stealing the food and a file from home. He wishes he could confess to Joe about taking the file but fears he will lose his friendship. Joe carries tired Pip back across the marshes to their home, accompanied by a grumpy Mr. Wopsle. Once home, Joe tells the others assembled there about the convict’s confession that he stole items. There is much speculation about how he accomplished this. During this debate, Mrs. Joe grabs Pip and forces him up the stairs to bed at the end of a very eventful Christmas Day.