In the present day Sir Philip is constantly infuriated, or at best baffled by Sourquill's inventions. In his retelling we see his increasing frustration with his best friend Harry Biscuit, who frequently holds back Pip with his dreadful devices (often involving swans). Pip tries to remain calm with Harry due to his friendship (though he does have his Rage Breaking Point). Now he can vent his fury freely.
Fridge / Bleak Expectations