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"But I did mind you, Pip," he returned, with tender simplicity. "When I offered to your sister to keep company, and to be asked in church at such times as she was willing and ready to come to the forge, I said to her, 'And bring the poor little child. God bless the poor little child,' I said to your sister, 'there's room for him at the forge!'" (1.7.3)
All this talk about Mrs. Joe being a superhero and bringing Pip up "by hand" is just plain silly when we hear this story. Joe is responsible for the adoption of Pip. If Joe hadn’t intervened, who knows where Pip would have ended up.
O dear good Joe, whom I was so ready to leave and so unthankful to, I see you again, with your muscular blacksmith's arm before your eyes, and your broad chest heaving, and your voice dying away. O dear good faithful tender Joe, I feel the loving tremble of your hand upon my arm, as solemnly this day as if it had been the rustle of an angel's wing! (1.18.93)
Pip’s love for Joe complicates matters big-time. It’s not as if Pip is completely blinded by his fortune and his wealth. Instead, his love for Joe is so great that his emotions and dreams have to battle it out. The fact that Pip and Joe are such great friends makes Pip’s decision to leave the marshes all the more significant. Pip’s dreams of becoming a gentleman in order to one day be worthy of Estella outweigh his love of Joe. In a sense, Estella wins over Joe in Pip’s eyes.
"You may be sure, dear Joe," I went on, after we had shaken hands, "that I shall never forget you." (1.19.10)
The fact that Pip will not forget Joe is something that goes without saying, and the fact that Pip feels compelled to say this indicates that he perhaps harbors a doubt. What a weird thing to say to someone who has been your father, brother, and best friend all of your life. In wanting Estella and striving to be worthy of Estella, Pip is made cold like her.