Herbert Pocket

Herbert Pocket

Herbert Pocket is a young man of similar age to Pip - their backgrounds, however, are different. He is a relative of Miss Havisham's and Pip first meets him when the two boys have a fight in the courtyard of her home.

When they are grown up, Pip and Herbert share lodgings together. They become best friends and Pip is able to tell him of his intense love for Estella. Pip is also able to help Herbert get into business by providing him with money. At the end of the novel, Herbert marries Clara (who is almost the exact opposite of Estella) and sets up in business abroad.

How is Herbert like this?EvidenceAnalysis
FriendlyHerbert, like Joe, is a true friend. He looks after Pip when he first comes to London and is never openly critical even when he sees Pip getting things wrong. Herbert also extends his friendship and support to Magwitch.Herbert Pocket had a frank and easy way with him that was very taking. I had never seen anyone then, and I have never seen anyone since, who more strongly expressed to me, in every look and tone, a natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean.Herbert does not have a bad bone in his body. Everything he says and does is open and honest.
OptimisticDespite having little money, Herbert wishes to work hard and make something of himself. He looks forward to the day when he can marry his fiancée Clara and set up in business for himself."What a hopeful disposition you have!" said I, gratefully admiring his cheery ways. "I ought to have," said Herbert, "for I have not much else."Herbert does not mind being relatively poor and remains optimistic. He cares far more about his own happiness and that of the people he loves.