Pip’s spirit wanders about the home in Richmond where Estella has been staying while in London. She is living with Mrs Brandley and her daughter. Mrs Brandley appears young and frivolous while her daughter acts older and is all about theology. They receive many visitors at their home, opportunities for Estella to meet many people, and possible suitors. Pip is driven MAD (MAD, I tell you!) by this. “She had admirers without end.” He spends as many hours there as he can, going on picnics with them, and to plays, operas, concerts and parties. (What a life!) Alas, he is even more miserable now than before she moved to London. He’s totally obsessed with her. And she treats him so poorly, taking pity on him.
Here is a sketch of Pip’s ghost wandering about, with Estella stringing him along. We celebrated Easter this past weekend with our two kids, who no longer want to hunt for Easter eggs. Boo hoo. They did eat plenty of candy though. As did I!
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Wemmick informs Pip that he’s made some progress in Pip’s plan of helping his roommate and friend, Herbert Pocket. Wemmick has found another young merchant, named Clarriker, already in business but needing some financial help and willing to take on Herbert as a partner. And to take some of Pip’s money, of course, as part of the deal. Pip signs over half of his yearly 500 pounds! Miss Skiffins’ brother conducts the negotiation. Wemmick’s name appears nowhere on the paperwork, even though he is there to witness and set up the deal. This is all done in secret from Herbert.
Herbert meets Clarriker, and is elated with his new business prospects. Pip is flushed with pleasure at Herbert’s happiness and the success of his secret plan. Pip tells us he is about to narrate a great event in his life, a turning point. But first, a chapter devoted to Estella!
[I’m back! I finished my taxes and so hope to get moving on this project again. Hooray!]
As the Aged reads the paper out loud, Wemmick has to occasionally save him from catching his hair or the newspaper on fire from the nearby candles. Wemmick sits very close to Miss Skiffins and slowly inches his arm around her waist. (Wemmick is making his move!) As he does this, his mouth slowly spreads into a wide grin. She quietly removes his arm and places it on the table beside them. This happens several times as Pip watches on and listens to the Aged read. They all have a warm drink and Pip notices that Wemmick and Miss Skiffins drink from the same glass. Maybe they’ll get married?