Pip is mystified by Magwitch. And still afraid of him. He does not know the extent of Magwitch’s crime(s). He knows not what crime he has committed! Why doesn’t he just ask? Maybe he is afraid it’ll be murder! He fantasizes about dressing in his poorest clothes and running away during the night to join the army. He would leave everything behind. He feels like the monster Frankenstein made. But he is the gentleman Magwitch made. He’s now stuck, owing everything, his life as he’s known it, to this criminal on the run from the law. He becomes more repulsed by him as Magwitch adores and admires him more. After about five days (seeming like an eternity to Pip) of hiding out in the apartment, Herbert arrives back home from his business trip.
I know the whole mixed-media, paper-crafting world has been playing around with Alcohol Inks and I’m just now trying them. I purchased some last week and have been playing around a teeny bit. They are fun, but don’t quite have the hang of them yet. This is alcohol ink on glossy card stock. More experimenting to do….!
….always a convict.
[Page 286] The two creepy head casts stare down at Pip as he leaves Jaggers’s office. Back home at the Temple, his apartment, Pip finds Magwitch still there, smoking and drinking rum. Pip presents Magwitch with his new disguise clothing. The clothes do not become him. To Pip, he sees the Convict in the marshes with the leg iron. There is Convict “in the very grain of the man.” Everything he does, from standing tall, drinking from dainty glasses, to eating, screams “prisoner, felon, bondsman.” They abandon the idea of powder in his hair and Magwitch decides to just wear his hair short. I think the style for men was longish hair at this time. Here is a quick sketch on one of the pages of the book that I am reading. It looks like I am about 2/3 of the way through! Whew! Would love to finish by January. It’s been fun, but I am ready to move on to something else! THREE YEARS!
Magwitch’s ears must be burning! Pip and Jaggers are still in his office discussing, very discretely, Magwitch and his sudden arrival in London. Jaggers warns Pip that Magwitch will not likely ever receive a pardon and that he is “expatriated for the term of his natural life” from England. To return would be an act of felony! Too late. Both Pip and Jaggers know that Magwitch is already there in London, but they act and talk as if he is in South Wales. Jaggers says that Wemmick, his clerk, received a letter from someone named Provis requesting Pip’s address. Provis is, of course, really Magwitch. Jaggers is just trying to cover his ass…. and Pip’s! He tells Pip that there is a balance in the account (the account set up by Magwitch) and he’ll be sending that over to Pip soon. I wonder if it will be enough for Pip to live on for the rest of his life? Probably not.
[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.