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Pip asks Wemmick for his opinion as to whether or not to help his friend Herbert get started in the business world. Wemmick's response is a cynical one: "Choose your bridge . . . and take a walk upon [it] and pitch your money into the Thames over the centre arch of your bridge, and you know the end of it. Serve a friend with it, and you may know the end of it too--but it is a less pleasant and profitable end."
Wemmick feels that one should never "invest portable property in a friend" unless he does not want to be friends anymore!
However, the cynical response is given while Wemmick is at work. When he is at home, he supports the idea and even helps Pip come up with a plan.
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