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"Look'ee here, Pip. I'm your second father. You're my son – more to me nor any son. I've put away money, only for you to spend." (2.39.67)
Magwitch adopts Pip, trusts Pip, and develops a love for Pip after only knowing him for a few fleeting moments. In this light, we see how a friendship doesn’t always take a long time to flourish and that it can be struck instantaneously. That being said, when Magwitch says these words, Pip doesn’t necessarily requite the sentiment. Pip seems to have a hard time trusting people or valuing relationships with anyone other than Estella, Miss Havisham, and Herbert. He doesn’t appear to value those friendships that do not support his own dreams.
Herbert received me with open arms, and I had never felt before, so blessedly, what it is to have a friend. (2.41.6)
Herbert is like a friend oasis amid the chaos and sorrow of Pip’s life. Herbert is always there for Pip and never questions his character.
"And what's the best of all," he said, "you've been more comfortable alonger me, since I was under a dark cloud, than when the sun shone. That's best of all." (3.56.21)
Pip finally learns what it means to be a friend, to think of someone other than himself.