Art Expectations 239 Bleak House



[Day 239, Page 258]

As Pip and Estella visit with Miss Havisham, Pip notices that Miss H is so devoted to Estella that she appears to be devouring her. Eating her up like a spider on a fly! Miss H asks Pip, “How does she use you?” He doesn’t give an answer. In front of the fire that night, Miss H quizzes Estella, wanting every detail of her London suitors, while watching Pip closely for his reactions. Now that’s just cruel! Pip becomes aware for the first time of Miss H’s plan to seek revenge on all men through Estella. He fits in this plan also, to be tormented. BUT “the prize was reserved for me”. He thinks he gets Estella in the end. We’ll see, and is she worth it?

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