Monthly Archives: July 2014

Art Expectations 257-8 leaden keyhole

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[Page 277] As Pip sits by the fire, he begins to worry about his safety this dark, leaden night with the convict just in the other room. He decides to peek in on him and finds him sound asleep. He locks his door and falls to sleep finally in the living room chair. Dickens announces that “this is the end of the Second Stage of Pip’s Expectations.” Chapter 40 then begins the next morning with Pip deciding to tell everyone that the convict is his uncle from the country, in town for a visit.

[Page 278] In the morning Pip awakens very early (still dark out and in his apartment). He goes out to the Lodge to have the watchman come help him light his fire, since he is unable to find a light in the dark. On his way out, down the dark staircase, he trips over something… a body. (yikes!) Frightened, he runs the rest of the way to the Lodge. Back at the stairs with the watchman, the body/person is gone. Pip then learns from the watchman that his “uncle” (the convict) was not alone when he entered the gate last night. Apparently the other person spent the whole night out on the staircase outside Pip’s front door!

Two days in one post! I took a couple of week’s off while on vacation in the beautiful northern California town of Monterey and also spent a few days in San Francisco. love love love, great food, family and fun!

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Art Expectations 256 Spiral Down

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[page 276] Knowing that the convict needs to stay hidden (from the law), Pip closes all the shutters and locks the doors. He puts the convict up in Herbert’s room. Pip is out in the living room alone now, unable to sleep. As he sits by the fire, the truth starts to really sink in, how wretched he is. “The ship in which I had sailed was gone to pieces.” He believes┬áMiss Havisham’s intentions for him to have Estella to be a┬ámere dream in his head. But the deepest pain of all was that he’d deserted Joe (and Biddy). He can never undo what he’s done and go back to them. So, what will he do now? Continue on as before, taking the convict’s money and living the high life?

Art Expectations 255 Caged

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The convict implies that he “owns” Pip, a brought-up (by him) London gentleman. (Who is the prisoner now?) He puts his weathered hand on Pip’s shoulder. Pip is still stunned by the news and by having this bit of his past standing here in his fancy London flat. The convict asks for a place to sleep. Pip offers him Herbert Pocket’s room, since he’s still away on business. The convict says they must be very careful though. Why? It appears that he is still a wanted man here in London, since he had escaped from prison before heading to America. At least something is finally happening! Wonder what’s next?

Art Expectations 254 Riches

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The convict admires Pip’s belongings: a fine gold watch, a ring set with diamonds and rubies (really, Pip?!), fine clothing and furnishings and hundreds of books. He says he understands that Pip was not prepared for this news (that HE is the benefactor, not Miss Havisham). But he has waited for this, looking forward to this moment for a long time… the reveal. He tells Pip he himself received some inheritance from his sheep employer. He knew he’d never make a good gentleman himself, so he set out to make one of Pip. I wonder what will happen now with Pip’s relationship with Miss H and Estella?