I think my favorite characters in Great Expectations are Joe and Herbert. They love and give without expecting anything in return. They see the best in others and they want the best for others. They are both the kind of friend I’d love to have.
But I also like the way Joe talks.
For example, instead of just telling Pip that everyone is about the same, he says, “…And all friends is no backerder, if not no forarder.”
Which reminds me of my husband’s favorite line in True Grit. When Rooster Cogbun is being questioned in the courtroom – this is the dialogue:
Cross-examining Lawyer: So, you say that when Amos Wharton raised his axe, you backed away from him.
Rooster Cogburn: That’s right.
Cross-examining Lawyer: In what direction were you going?
Rooster Cogburn: I always go backwards when I’m backing up.
But I digress.
Here is another example of Joe’s verboseness: “It were understood,” said Joe, “And it are understood. And it ever will be similar according.”
Near the end of the book, Joe is trying to gently break some news to Pip: “I think,” said Joe, after meditating a long time at the window seat, “ as I did hear tell how that he were something or other in a general way in that direction.”
Now, Joe is a little wordy, but, I’d rather talk to a kind conversationalist that to a griping grumbler. Wouldn’t you?