As funny as this is, it's exactly how I think King Hamlet was thinking when his nephew came at him with his own poison cup, pleading for help, but getting none.
"No, Merry, I'm going to look after you." For Pippin’s whole life, Merry has been his big cousin, looking out for him, teaching him about frogs and fishing and all the best places in Hobbiton to hide. MERRY HAS ALWAYS LOOKED AFTER PIPPIN because Pippin was young and reckless and needed looking after. In hobbit-age Pippin was barely more than just a kid when they left on this quest, and merry looked out for him there too. BUT NOW PIPPIN HAS GROWN INTO A HERO and it’s his turn to protect Merry