In Chapters 27-28, What is Pip embrassed for Joe to see?is there any proof to back this up?

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In chapter 27, Pip learns that Joe is coming to London and would like to see Pip. Biddy has sent Pip a letter outlining all of this. Pip is afraid that his friends will see Joe and that Joe will embarass him because of the way he looks and the way he speaks. Pip is ashamed of Joe. He doesn't care if the Pockets see Joe, because he respects them, he says, but he is very worried that Bentley Drummle will see Joe. Pip hates Drummle and does not want him, of all people, to see Joe because he is afraid (rightfully so) that Drummle will ridicule him (Pip) because of Joe. The proof is this statement:

So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

He means that it is ironic that people try to impress those that they like the least. When we feel comfortable with people, we don't need to put on any false airs, but those with whom we are least comfortable, we always want to impress. How contradictory humans are!

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