Mrs. Joe is an angry, aggressive woman whom neither Joe nor Pip can ever please. She believes in corporal punishment, and has a favorite torture device call the Tickler, a wax-ended cane. She likes to brag about the fact that she has raised Pip all by herself. One day, she is assaulted while alone in the family kitchen by an unknown person. As result she loses many of her faculties, but becomes much more pleasant. On her deathbed, Mrs. Joe asks for forgiveness of Joe and Pip.