Great Expectations

Why does Dickens include the prison visit in chapter 32 and how does it contribute to the development of Pip's character?

In chapter 32 while pip waits for Estella to get off the train wemmick asks him to escourt him to the prison and pip accepts. 

Also how does the prison visit affect pips mood?

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I think the prison speaks to Pip's idealized version of Estella. Pip likes to contrast the unrefined ugliness of prison with his pristine idea of Estella. 

"I thought of the beautiful young Estella, proud and refined, coming towards me, and I thought with absolute abhorrence of the contrast between the jail and her."