In Chapters 29-34 of Great Expectations, why did Estella and Herbert warn Pip to not love Estella?

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In this book, Pip falls in love with Estella, who has been raised by Miss Havisham.  She has, more or less, been raised to hate all men because Miss Havisham got left at the altar and is angry about it.

Because of this, Estella says that she cannot ever love any man.  She tells Pip that she will only break his heart and so there is no point in him falling in love with her.  Not only that, she says, she will ruin the life of any man she does marry.  She implies that she doesn't want to hurt Pip like that.

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