He was gazing intently at the words inscribed on a particular stone which looked weathered but not enough so that it was unreadable. At the beginning of "Great future", Pip was 7 years old.
Joe penetrated the sense of integrity, industry and familiarity to Pip, and Mrs. However, his contempt and shamefulness of his relations combine with the increase of wealth and young foolish friends to make his case even more perplexing.
As Pip experiences the different standards of living, his expectations increase. Young people look for role models and examples in the adults they meet. Therefore, Pip has become more self-critical of himself, as he disapproves of his own appearance and behaviour.
However, Pip also gains a few true friends, such as Herbert. His character during this period is marked by carefree living, heedless spending of his allowances, and disdain for those around him.
This shows that Pip is generous and considerate, willing to risk being discovered by Mrs Joe that he had stolen a pork pie, just for the convict.
During his sojourn in Egypt, Pip shows his gentleness by keeping constantly in touch with Joe and Biddy; he demonstrates his gentility in the way he acts towards Herbert; and he expresses his masculinity simply by living in the East. In Great Expectations, the character of Joe is portrayed upon the reader as the comical but also sensitive grown-up figure towards Pip.
It often amazes me what happens to people once they receive a great deal of money without properly earning it and how they suddenly spend it away and come off worse than they did before they got the money.