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!