Who does Pip begin to confide in instead of Joe and why does he?Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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In Stage II of Great Expectations, Pip has moved to London and rooms there with Herbert Pocket, formerly the pale young gentleman with whom Pip was involved in a boxing match outside Satis House.  Now grown, the two young man become friends.  After an awkward Joe comes to visit Pip, he realizes that Pip has been embarrassed about Joe in front of Herbert.  Pip narrates in hindsight,

I had neither the good sense not the good feeling to know that this was all my fault....I felt impatient of him and out of temper with him.

When they are alone, Joe calls Pip "sir," but does lapse into his affectionate Pip later.  As he leaves, he tells Pip that he will not return for dinner, saying that divisions have come between them now that Pip is a gentleman:

If there's been any fault at all today; it's mine.  You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywheres else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends.

So, Joe acknowledges that Pip is embarrassed by him.  As soon as Pip "recovers" himself, he hurries after Joe, but he is gone.  Then, since Joe does not visit and Pip does not return to the forge for a while, Pip confides in his new friend, Herbert Pocket.  In addition, Herbert knows Miss Havisham and Estella.  In Chapter XXX, Pip asks Herbert about  Estella and confides in him that all his "expectations depend" upon her.  Wisely, Herbert tells Pip to consider all that she is to herself:  "This may lead to miserable things."  Then, Herbert shares his interest in a young lady named Clara with Pip.  So, the two young gentlemen have things in common and what Joe has said about divisions proves true.



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