What is the significant about the fact that Pip refuses to take any more money from Magwitch?This happens in Chapter 48 of the novel Great Expectations

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When Magwitch, who now calls himself Provis, arrives at Pip's  and Herbert's apartment, Pip, who now considers himself a gentleman, is repulsed by the sight of the man.  However, after he hears the doleful tale of Magwitch's life and understands how much Magwitch has done for him, Pip feels a pity and sympathy for the man.  Knowing how hypocritical he has been in accepting the money from a man who was so long repugnant to him, and knowing how unsuccessful he has been himself in his pursuance of becoming a gentleman, Pip narrates,

But I had quite determined that it would be a heartless fraud to take more money from my patron in the existing state of my uncertain thoughts and plans.

That he returns to Magwitch the purse of money which has been given him indicates the growing integrity in Pip's character.  For, now he becomes more altruistic and less selfish, acting upon principle rather than expedient desire to pay his mounting debts.  With Herbert, Pip plans to get Magwitch out of London where he is under a death penalty if he is caught.  In fact, the worry of getting Magwitch to freedom consumes Pip night and day, and he risks his own life in the efforts he makes for Magwitch.

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