Monthly Archives: August 2014

Art Expectations 263&4 Bible Scale

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[Day 263, Page 283] Pip needs to find Magwitch (also known as the Convict and Provis, Pip’s “uncle”) an apartment close to his. Herbert arrives back in London in a few days so he had better act quick. Magwitch doesn’t want Pip to tell Herbert the truth about him. But agrees as long as Herbert swears secrecy on his ratty old bible. Next order of business, Magwitch’s disguise. He is currently wearing a ready-made sailor’s suit. (I’m sure Pip only wears custom-made clothing!) Magwitch is set on wearing shorts (knickers) and trying to come off as a dean or dentist. Pip talks him into dressing down a bit as a prosperous farmer. AND he must stay hidden from the maid until the transformation has taken place.

[Day 264, Page 284] Pip obtains¬†the apartment for Magwitch. It’s so close to his and Herbert’s place at the Temple that he can almost call to him from his window! He then goes shopping for the new clothing that will disguise him. ¬†(Magwitch stays back at his place for now.) Lastly, Pip stops in to confront Jaggers. Uh oh! Jaggers must have been expecting an angry Pip because he jumps up from his desk and says, “Now Pip, be careful.” Pip just wants to confirm the truth, still not wanting to believe that his money has not come from Miss Havisham all this time. Jaggers, knowing that Magwitch is back in town AND that he is a convict still “on the run”, tells Pip he wants to know nothing. In a sneaky way, he warns Pip not to disclose Magwitch’s location or that he’s actually talked to him in person. Jaggers keeps implying that Magwitch is in South Wales, not there in London. He knows he’s in London and at Pip’s place!

Two in one again! I did two more pages on the small altered board book. I’m moving slowly these days on this never-ending project. I’m thinking I need some new art supplies to try out. I’ve never tried pan pastels so maybe that’s next on my shopping list. Have a great day… until next time!


Art Expectations 261-2 Smoking Disguise


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[day 261, page 281] Magwitch tells Pip he would have gone crazy if not for his smokes on the other side of the world working as a shepherd. Standing by the fire, he reaches out for Pip’s hands again, announcing how proud he is of the gentleman he’s made. He throws a pocketbook on the table and tells Pip it’s all his. For servants, horses and the finest shoes. He is just happy to see Pip spend it.

[day 262, page 282] Pip asks Magwitch about his plans. How will he be safe? (without getting Pip into trouble) Where will he stay? (hopefully not here with him!) The night before, Magwitch implied that he needed to lay low and be careful, otherwise it’ll be his neck. This morning, however, he is more relaxed and downplays the severity of the situation. He’ll simply disguise himself with spectacles, hair powder, wigs and black clothes!

Art Expectations 260 Magwitch

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The convict discloses his real name: Magwitch. Pip, having heard from the night watchman that another person had come in with Magwitch, asks him if this is so. Magwitch claims no one was with him, but maybe he did see someone else there. The topic is dropped. (WHO was that person on the stairs that Pip tripped over?!)

Pip finds out that Jaggers was Magwitch’s lawyer for his last trial in London before he up and skipped out of town to America. “…and what I done is worked out and paid for.” So he owes Jaggers nothing.

Art Expectations 259 Elephant Forming

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Pip lights his fire and sends the watchman away. He then dozes off and on until daylight. Once awake he realizes he hasn’t yet thought much about what to do now, about his future. “As to my forming a plan for the future, I could as soon have formed an elephant.” Love that!

Pip’s ragamuffin maid and her niece arrive to clean the apartment. The convict comes out for breakfast and tells Pip that it is a good idea to call him uncle. The name he took on his journey across the sea was Provis.