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"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!" (3.57.19)
Talk about unconditional love. Joe nurses Pip back to health, pays off his debts, and has the goodness to apologize to Pip for never having being able to keep Mrs. Joe from beating him. However, though he invokes Pip’s childhood and the way their relationship used to be in order to soothe Pip, Joe knows that things have changed and that their friendship has not grown with the change. The love is present and visceral, but the relationship between Joe and Pip is underdeveloped, resulting in one cocktail of emotional turmoil for us and for Pip.