What arrrangements are made for Hebert's future?Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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As Pip matures in Stage III of Great Expectations, he takes stock of his affairs.  Guiltily, as Pip sits by his fire, he reflects that "there was no fire like the forge fire and the kitchen fire at home."  Understanding now the true meaning of love, Pip is able to objectively consider his influence upon others, such as Herbert:

Now, concerning the influence of my position on others, I perceived it was not beneficial to anybody, and above all, that it was not beneficial to Herbert. My lavish habits led his easy nature into expenses that he could not afford, corrupted the simplicity of his life, and disturbed his peace with anxieties and regrets.

Once Pip gets his affairs in order, then, he vows to assist his good friend, who is also engaged to be married.  In Chapter LII, Pip takes the check from Miss Havisham after he has asked for her help in arranging a position for Herbert and hands it to Miss Skiffin's [Wemmick's fiancee] brother, who in turn takes it to Clarriker's bank.  With the increase in business, Clarriker informs Pip that he will be able to establish a small branch house in the East of London; there, he assures Pip, Herbert can easily obtain a position as branch manager.  As he returns home, Pip assesses his actions:

It was the only good thing I had done, and the only completed thing I had done, since I was first apprised of my great expectations.

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