I’M BACK! Vacation and then dead computer…. argh. Mostly up and running again now after much frustration.
Love Charles’ wording: The pale young man is “eyeing my anatomy as if he were minutely choosing his bone.” The other young man, having asked (or TOLD) Pip to fight, is preparing for the fight in the neglected garden of Miss Havisham’s house. Pip surprises himself by throwing the first punch. And then the next and the next, leaving the young fellow flat on his back with a black eye and a bloody nose! The other young man declares Pip the winner. Pip walks to leave Miss Havisham’s, but is stopped by Estella who tells him that he may kiss her if he likes. He does, just a little peck on her cheek. He realizes she doesn’t really enjoy it as she lets him out the gate.
He arrives back home at night fall. “… when I neared home the light on the spit of sand off the point on the marshes was gleaming against a black night-sky.”
I hope everyone is having a great summer. Stay cool and do something creative!