How does Jaggers argue against telling the secret of Estella's parentage? Does Pip agree?"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
In "Great Expectations" after Pip learns of Estella's parentage, he confronts Mr. Jaggers about his having kept Estella's identity a secret. Explaining to Pip that on the night of her murder of a woman of whom she was jealous, Estella's mother came to Magwitch, threatening to kill the child. She left with the baby, and Magwitch never saw either of them again.
When confronted with Pip's information that he knows of Molly, and he also knows who Estella's father is, Jaggers defends his actions by putting them forth as a case:
Put the case, Pip, that here was one pretty little child out of the heap who could be saved; whom the father believed dead, and dared make no stir about; as to whom, over the mother, the legal adviser had this power: 'I know what you did and how you did it....
Jaggers promises the woman that if she will give him the child he will see that it is cared for and she will be cleared. If she does not win her case, the child will still be safe from imprisonment and beatings as the other children of the poor suffer. The woman agrees and wins the case, and the child is raised by a rich woman. Then, Jaggers asks Pip what good it will do to reveal all this information now. Pip concurs.
It is at this point in the narrative that Pip realizes that Mr. Jaggers, who normally only relies on the facts, has revealed much of his heart in providing for Estella as he saved her from the streets.