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It refers to a song from Handle, "Merry Blacksmith" as Pip is an apprentice blacksmith

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Herbert calls Pip "Handel" as a term of endearment because he struggles to remember Pip's name due to his forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. It is a playful nickname that highlights Herbert's friendly and affectionate nature towards Pip.

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