Why does Pip associate with the "Finches of the Grove"?

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The Finches of the Grove are basically a gentleman's club.  It's almost like a little secret society, because Pip mentions that they are responsible to each other.  Pip admits he has no idea what the purpose of the club is other than to meet and dine, drink and get into debt.  He states that "the Finches spent their money foolishly" (ch 34).  Yet the club us just part of Pip's attempt to become a gentleman.  It is another example of how being a gentleman has a double meaning.  Dickens is satirizing the class-based definition of gentleman, which has nothing to do with the moral definition.

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