Why does Pip decide against confiding his heartache to Mr. Pocket in Chapter 3 of "Great Expectations"?

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Pip decides against confiding his heartache to Mr. Pocket because he feels uncomfortable around Mrs. Pocket.  When he arrives at the Pocket residence after his meeting with Estella, Pip is very unhappy because the love he feels for Estella is so obviously not reciprocated.  Although Mr. Pocket is "out lecturing" at the time, Pip briefly considers confiding his heartache to him when he returns, but changes his mind when he looks up at Mrs. Pocket.  Mrs. Pocket, who feels that she has demeaned herself socially by marrying Mr. Pocket, had been home and flustered when Pip came in because she had given her baby a box of needles to keep him quiet, and there are now some needles missing.  Heedless of the danger to the child should he have injested the needles, she has put him to bed and is sitting "reading her book of dignities".  The unease Pip feels in the presence of Mrs. Pocket, and perhaps the additional trouble he fears he may cause between her and her husband should he bare his soul to him makes Pip reconsider his inclination to confide in Mr. Pocket (Chapter 33).

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