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"You have not every reason to say so of the rest of his people," said Estella, nodding at me with an expression of face that was at once grave and rallying, "for they beset Miss Havisham with reports and insinuations to your disadvantage. They watch you, misrepresent you, write letters about you (anonymous sometimes), and you are the torment and the occupation of their lives. You can scarcely realize to yourself the hatred those people feel for you." (2.33.22)
In striving to access and enter the stratosphere in which Miss Havisham and Estella dwell, the Pockets seek to destroy his reputation and character with false words.
There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did. To the best of my belief, our case was in the last aspect a rather common one. (2.34.8)
In an effort to seem engaged and tuned into London society, Pip and Herbert gallivant around, spending money like crazy and trying to keep up with their well-to-do peers. They rack up debts and have to cut down on food, but their gallivanting is all in the name of staking a claim for themselves in London social circles and in the name of becoming real, true gentlemen. Society demands deception.
"Do you want me then," said Estella, turning suddenly with a fixed and serious, if not angry, look, "to deceive and entrap you?" (2.39.105)
At this moment, we realize that Estella has never been anything but completely honest with Pip. She has never tried to lead him on, but she’s been cold and haughty all of her life. While her behavior once seemed cruel, her words her complicate that supposition. In retrospect, Estella may have been sparing Pip from her wrath.