Discuss the relationship between Joe Gargery and Pip.

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Joe is the husband of Pip's much older sister. He is a blacksmith, a humble occupation, somewhat like being a car mechanic today. When Pip's parents die it is the kind-hearted Joe, rather than Pip's sister, Mrs. Joe, who wants to take in Pip. From the start, the two males develop a special relationship in order to cope with the harsh, demanding Mrs. Joe.

Joe is especially good to the young Pip, who receives little kindness as a poor relation who is never expected to be more than a working class blacksmith in the village. Pip loves Joe dearly, as a neglected child would someone who paid special attention to him and treated him with gentleness.

When Pip...

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