PIP. Is someone out there?
MAGWICH (offstage). Yes.
PIP. What floor do you want?
MAGWICH (offstage). I am looking for Mr. Pip.
PIP. That's my name.
(MAGWICH enters. PIP does not recognize him.)
PIP. What is your business? It's very late to come calling.
MAGWICH. My business? Ah! Yes, Master. I will explain my business. Give me a minute. (A beat.) There's no one else about, is there?
PIP (backing away). Who are you? What do you want?
MAGWICH. Don't you recognize me, Pip?
PIP. How do you know my name?
MAGWICH. How could I forget the name of the young boy that saved me all those years ago in the graveyard? You acted nobly, my boy! And I never forgot it.
(MAGWICH moves forward to hug PIP. PIP backs away.)
PIP. Stay away from me! Don't touch me!
MAGWICH. It's cold out here and wet. Can I have something to drink?
(PIP pours him a drink.)
PIP. If you have come here to thank me for what I did as a child it is not necessary. I wish you well, sir, but you must understand that I do not wish to renew our chance acquaintance.
MAGWICH. Oh, I understand, sir.
PIP. Did they release you from jail?
MAGWICH. They never sent me to jail, my boy. They sent me to Australia. Off I sailed, far, far away, to settle the new world.
PIP. I hope you have done well.
MAGWICH. I've done wonderful well. There's others went out along with me who've done well too, but no man has done as well as me. I'm famous for it out there.
PIP. So what are you doing in London? (Laughing – it's a joke … ) Business?
MAGWICH. Business. Yes, yes. Business. (Pause.) I shouldn't be here, I can tell you that. I was sent there for life. Coming back means death for me. Death by hanging.
(MAGWICH mimes what he would look like hanged. Not very nice.)
PIP. Why are you back, then?
MAGWICH. To see you, of course. Now, you was going to be a blacksmith, weren't you?
PIP. Things changed. I have a benefactor.
MAGWICH. Really? Who's that, then?
PIP. I'm afraid I can't talk about it. (Taking Magwich's glass.) It was kind of you to stop by. The best of luck to you.
MAGWICH. Tell me. The lawyer who did the business for you, did his name begin with a J? And was the next letter A? And the next perhaps G?
PIP (amazed). Yes, his name was Jaggers …
MAGWICH (smug). I know it was.
MAGWICH. Oh, Pip! It's me! I'm your benefactor!
PIP (horrified). You?
MAGWICH. Did you have any idea?
PIP. No. I had no idea it was you.
MAGWICH. I got a gift, Pip, for speculating. I made more money in Australia than I ever could have stole in England. And every penny I made's been for you. Every day I seen your face before me. I don't spend hardly nothing on myself. I've lived rough so that you could live smooth. And when people saw me and laughed and said, 'there goes a poor and ignorant convict,' I thought to myself, well, what do you know? Across the sea I got my very own English gentleman. Look at yourself! Look what old Magwich made! Look boy –
(MAGWICH throws a pile of money down.)
MAGWICH. I've got more money! Much, much more! It's all for you!