Why is Herbert's father especially suitable to educate Pip?In Chapter 23 and 24 of Great Expectations,

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When Pip meets Mr. Matthew Pocket, his tutor, in Chapter XXII, he has already noticed that Mrs. Pocket pays no attention to her children and that they are merely "tumbling up";consequently, Pip understands the perplexed look upon Mr. Pocket's face.

as if he didn't quite see his way to putting anything straight.

Pip learns from Herbert, that Mr. Pocket has been educated at Harrow and at Cambridge, where he had "distinguished himself."  However, after meeting and marrying Mrs. Pocket, he did not fare well and worked at literary compilation and copying, along with tutoring.  Then, in Chapter XXIV, Pip has a long talk with Mr. Pocket, who has been familiarized with Pip through Mr. Jaggers.  Mr. Pocket tells Pip that he is very concerned for him and will do his best to acquaint Pip with certain places in London and assist him assiduously with his studies. Regarding Mr. Pocket's solicitousness, Pip remarks that Mr. Pocket is "zealous and honourable" in fulfilling his contract.  This behavior of Mr. Pocket's fosters the same from Pip, who declares that Mr. Pocket causes him to be equally "zealous and honourable" in fulfilling his agreements with Mr. Pocket.  Thus, because of Mr. Pocket's demeanor toward him, Pip resolves to  work hard and learn.

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