Great Expectations

after mrs. joe gets attacked, why does pip believe that he is a suspect in the crime? why does he worry that he provided the weapon for the attack on her?

end of chapter 15. beginning of chapter 16.

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Pip feels that he will be implicated in the attack on Mrs Joe as the weapon that was used was an old leg-iron. Pip believes that it is the leg-iron that the convict on the marshes removed when Pip gave him Joe's file, and the food. He still harbours guilt for the theft of these items and for helping a convict, and these worries are compunded by the possibility that his actions led to Mrs Joe's attack.