Sunday, 15 June 2014

Happy Fathers' Day

A father figure from Dickens for Fathers' Day. Joe Gargery…

"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!'"

I broke out crying and begging pardon, and hugged Joe round the neck:  who dropped the poker to hug me, and to say, "Ever the best of friends; an't us, Pip?  Don't cry, old chap!"

In Great Expectations, Joe is, of course, Pip's brother-in-law. But he remains the closest thing to a father that our hero has to hand.

Simple and good-hearted, loving and flawed, Joe's example equips Pip for a life in the big city. Well done Joe. And well done fathers (and father figures) everywhere.

Happy Fathers' Day all!

The Shakespeare and Dickens walk takes place today at 2:00p.m meeting at St Paul's Underground.

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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