Joss Bont- explained Joss Bont is the local rascal. He is the lowest of the low in society and regarded as a drunkard fool by his family and peers. He is one of the local miners in Eyam, he enjoys having a pot of ale (alcohol) in the mornings and a pot of ale in the evenings. He is a rage-aholic.
JOSS- angry man Joss beats his wife and children to take out his frustrations. ‘.. my father, in a drunken rage, had flung me against the wall when I was about six years old.’ p.134 He is most likely frustrated about the fact that he is underappreciated in society. Joss; like most men in his generation were under the impression that women are not equal to men explaining his behaviour to his wife and daughter.
JOSS- wants to be a boss Towards the end of the novel Joss Bont expresses his inner yearning to be in charge and have some power. He decides to dig graves for the plague ridden, population of Eyam and charges them indecent amounts as a payment for his services. Joss goes overboard with this little amount of power he was given and becomes corrupt.
MO’ MONEY, MO’ PROBLEMS. At one point he even tries to bury a dying boy alive to get his payment quicker, then robs him. ‘And then he finally committed an act so vile that even our population, diminished and exhausted was spurred at last to action’ p.194 Joss’s hunger for power is also one of the reasons he beats women, so as to exert his dominance and strength over them.
Aphraid Aphra =-An example of Aphra superstitious ways was when she decided to dance around the fire chasnting upon the death of the biggest boss, Joss. -Aphra was considered a good match for her husband as she was just as much of a bad-ass. -She was just as selfish as Joss, and put herself and her family before society at all times.
HAPPILY EVER APHRA? -Aphra was a woman of many talents. She knew how to manipulate a plague ridden town, and was never scared to get down and dirty. -Though she died a woman hated by all, she will forever be remembered as a woman who loved her husband almost as much as she loved a decent pot of a
R.I.P Joss might have reasons for acting the way he does, he might have had a bad childhood, bad experiences with being affectionate or maybe he is just bad ass. We don't know if he had a good side or could be a decent man as all we were shown through the novel was the angry Joss. But all most will remember him by is: Hated father, husband and nuisance to society. Left to die and eaten alive by animals in a cave.