Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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What is the relationship between Joe and Pip in Chapter 57 of "Great Expectations"?

What is the relationship between Joe and Pip in Chapter 57 of "Great Expectations"?

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While Pip is sick and helpless in Chapter 57, his relationship with Joe is like it was when he was a child.  Joe, "good Christian man" that he is, cares for Pip's every need with joy and gentle, unconditional love.  Pip says,

"the tenderness of Joe was so beautifully proportioned to my need that I was like a child in his hands...he would sit and talk to me in the old confidence, and with the old simplicity, and in the old unassertive protecting way".

Pip, remembering...

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