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Name’s Bont. YOSS BONT. Joss Bont- explained. Joss B ont is the local rascal. He is the lowest of the low in society and regarded as a drunkard fool by his family and peers.

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Joss bont explained
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- 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
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
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.