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As soon as I could recover myself sufficiently, I hurried out after him and looked for him in the neighboring streets; but he was gone. (2.27.62)
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Friendship is not indestructible or immortal? But we thought Pip and Joe are BFFs. Something seems to break in this moment when Joe leaves London so abruptly. Though his fortune has brought him many clothes, trinkets, and opportunity, it has robbed him of Joe.
It was fine summer weather again, and, as I walked along, the times when I was a little helpless creature, and my sister did not spare me, vividly returned. But they returned with a gentle tone upon them that softened even the edge of Tickler. For now, the very breath of the beans and clover whispered to my heart that the day must come when it would be well for my memory that others walking in the sunshine should be softened as they thought of me. (2.35.4)
Here we see Pip find a new dream and hope that has nothing to do with becoming a gentleman. He hopes that friends will be able to think warmly of him when he dies.
"And so she presently said 'Joe' again, and once 'Pardon,' and once 'Pip.' And so she never lifted her head up any more, and it was just an hour later when we laid it down on her own bed, because we found she was gone." (2.35.30)
Mrs. Joe seems to extend an offer of friendship and love to Pip only on her deathbed, in her very last moments on earth. While we are totally moved by this moment, it reminds us that Joe does not wait until he is about to die to convey his love to Pip. Joe conveys his love to Pip at every single opportunity, making him a kind of anomaly of human nature.