[Day 263, Page 283] Pip needs to find Magwitch (also known as the Convict and Provis, Pip’s “uncle”) an apartment close to his. Herbert arrives back in London in a few days so he had better act quick. Magwitch doesn’t want Pip to tell Herbert the truth about him. But agrees as long as Herbert swears secrecy on his ratty old bible. Next order of business, Magwitch’s disguise. He is currently wearing a ready-made sailor’s suit. (I’m sure Pip only wears custom-made clothing!) Magwitch is set on wearing shorts (knickers) and trying to come off as a dean or dentist. Pip talks him into dressing down a bit as a prosperous farmer. AND he must stay hidden from the maid until the transformation has taken place.
[Day 264, Page 284] Pip obtains the apartment for Magwitch. It’s so close to his and Herbert’s place at the Temple that he can almost call to him from his window! He then goes shopping for the new clothing that will disguise him. (Magwitch stays back at his place for now.) Lastly, Pip stops in to confront Jaggers. Uh oh! Jaggers must have been expecting an angry Pip because he jumps up from his desk and says, “Now Pip, be careful.” Pip just wants to confirm the truth, still not wanting to believe that his money has not come from Miss Havisham all this time. Jaggers, knowing that Magwitch is back in town AND that he is a convict still “on the run”, tells Pip he wants to know nothing. In a sneaky way, he warns Pip not to disclose Magwitch’s location or that he’s actually talked to him in person. Jaggers keeps implying that Magwitch is in South Wales, not there in London. He knows he’s in London and at Pip’s place!
Two in one again! I did two more pages on the small altered board book. I’m moving slowly these days on this never-ending project. I’m thinking I need some new art supplies to try out. I’ve never tried pan pastels so maybe that’s next on my shopping list. Have a great day… until next time!
[day 261, page 281] Magwitch tells Pip he would have gone crazy if not for his smokes on the other side of the world working as a shepherd. Standing by the fire, he reaches out for Pip’s hands again, announcing how proud he is of the gentleman he’s made. He throws a pocketbook on the table and tells Pip it’s all his. For servants, horses and the finest shoes. He is just happy to see Pip spend it.
[day 262, page 282] Pip asks Magwitch about his plans. How will he be safe? (without getting Pip into trouble) Where will he stay? (hopefully not here with him!) The night before, Magwitch implied that he needed to lay low and be careful, otherwise it’ll be his neck. This morning, however, he is more relaxed and downplays the severity of the situation. He’ll simply disguise himself with spectacles, hair powder, wigs and black clothes!
The convict discloses his real name: Magwitch. Pip, having heard from the night watchman that another person had come in with Magwitch, asks him if this is so. Magwitch claims no one was with him, but maybe he did see someone else there. The topic is dropped. (WHO was that person on the stairs that Pip tripped over?!)
Pip finds out that Jaggers was Magwitch’s lawyer for his last trial in London before he up and skipped out of town to America. “…and what I done is worked out and paid for.” So he owes Jaggers nothing.
Pip lights his fire and sends the watchman away. He then dozes off and on until daylight. Once awake he realizes he hasn’t yet thought much about what to do now, about his future. “As to my forming a plan for the future, I could as soon have formed an elephant.” Love that!
Pip’s ragamuffin maid and her niece arrive to clean the apartment. The convict comes out for breakfast and tells Pip that it is a good idea to call him uncle. The name he took on his journey across the sea was Provis.
[Page 277] As Pip sits by the fire, he begins to worry about his safety this dark, leaden night with the convict just in the other room. He decides to peek in on him and finds him sound asleep. He locks his door and falls to sleep finally in the living room chair. Dickens announces that “this is the end of the Second Stage of Pip’s Expectations.” Chapter 40 then begins the next morning with Pip deciding to tell everyone that the convict is his uncle from the country, in town for a visit.
[Page 278] In the morning Pip awakens very early (still dark out and in his apartment). He goes out to the Lodge to have the watchman come help him light his fire, since he is unable to find a light in the dark. On his way out, down the dark staircase, he trips over something… a body. (yikes!) Frightened, he runs the rest of the way to the Lodge. Back at the stairs with the watchman, the body/person is gone. Pip then learns from the watchman that his “uncle” (the convict) was not alone when he entered the gate last night. Apparently the other person spent the whole night out on the staircase outside Pip’s front door!
Two days in one post! I took a couple of week’s off while on vacation in the beautiful northern California town of Monterey and also spent a few days in San Francisco. love love love, great food, family and fun!
[page 276] Knowing that the convict needs to stay hidden (from the law), Pip closes all the shutters and locks the doors. He puts the convict up in Herbert’s room. Pip is out in the living room alone now, unable to sleep. As he sits by the fire, the truth starts to really sink in, how wretched he is. “The ship in which I had sailed was gone to pieces.” He believes Miss Havisham’s intentions for him to have Estella to be a mere dream in his head. But the deepest pain of all was that he’d deserted Joe (and Biddy). He can never undo what he’s done and go back to them. So, what will he do now? Continue on as before, taking the convict’s money and living the high life?
The convict implies that he “owns” Pip, a brought-up (by him) London gentleman. (Who is the prisoner now?) He puts his weathered hand on Pip’s shoulder. Pip is still stunned by the news and by having this bit of his past standing here in his fancy London flat. The convict asks for a place to sleep. Pip offers him Herbert Pocket’s room, since he’s still away on business. The convict says they must be very careful though. Why? It appears that he is still a wanted man here in London, since he had escaped from prison before heading to America. At least something is finally happening! Wonder what’s next?