Who claims to be the founder of Pip's fortune in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens?

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In Chapter 58, after Pip has lost all his money, he goes back to his old neighborhood and stays at the Blue Boar. There, he finds Mr. Pumblechook, who wants Pip to go to Joseph and tell him, "Joseph, I have day seen my earliest benefactor and the founder of my fortun's [sic]" (476). Mr. Pumblechook has long believed he was responsible for helping Pip come into a fortune because he was the person who brought Pip to Miss Havisham's house when Pip was young. Mr. Pumblechook thinks Miss Havisham was Pip's benefactress and does not realize that it was actually the convict Magwitch. It is very "Pumblechookian," which is the adjective Dickens uses to describe Mr. Pumblechook, for Mr. Pumblechook to take credit for things that he did not do, as he is arrogant and condescending. 

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