Great Expectations: Volume III

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My favorite passage from Volume III is probably the scene where Pip admits his wrongdoing towards Joe in Joe’s presence. Joe’s constant love for Pip shines through in this scene.

At last one day, I took courage, and said, “Is it Joe?”

And the dear old home-voice answered, “Which it air, old chap.”

“O, Joe, you break my heart! Look angry at me, Joe. Strike me, Joe. Tell me of my ingratitude. Don’t be so good to me!”

For, Joe had actually laid his head down on the pillow at my side and put his arm around my neck, in his joy that I knew him.

“Which dear old Pip, old chap,” said Joe, “you and me was ever friends. And when you’re well enough to go out for a ride – what larks!”

After which, Joe withdrew to the window, and stood with his back towards me, wiping his eyes. And as my extreme weakness prevented me from getting up and going to him, I lay there penitently whispering, “O God bless him! O God bless this gentle Christian man!”

Joe’s eyes were red when I next found him beside me; but, I was holding his hand, and we both felt happy. (p. 551)

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