Great Expectations Chapter 7 Page 18

“Ever the best of friends; an't us, Pip? Don't cry, old chap!”

When this little interruption was over, Joe resumed: —

“Well, you see, Pip, and here we are!

That's about where it lights; here we are! Now, when you take me in hand in my learning, Pip (and I tell you beforehand I am awful dull, most awful dull), Mrs. Joe mustn't see too much of what we're up to. It must be done, as I may say, on the sly. And why on the sly? I'll tell you why, Pip.”

He had taken up the poker again; without which, I doubt if he could have proceeded in his demonstration.

“Your sister is given to government.”