A PORTRAIT OF JACK
Pip is mystified by Magwitch. And still afraid of him. He does not know the extent of Magwitch’s crime(s). He knows not what crime he has committed! Why doesn’t he just ask? Maybe he is afraid it’ll be murder! He fantasizes about dressing in his poorest clothes and running away during the night to join the army. He would leave everything behind. He feels like the monster Frankenstein made. But he is the gentleman Magwitch made. He’s now stuck, owing everything, his life as he’s known it, to this criminal on the run from the law. He becomes more repulsed by him as Magwitch adores and admires him more. After about five days (seeming like an eternity to Pip) of hiding out in the apartment, Herbert arrives back home from his business trip.
I know the whole mixed-media, paper-crafting world has been playing around with Alcohol Inks and I’m just now trying them. I purchased some last week and have been playing around a teeny bit. They are fun, but don’t quite have the hang of them yet. This is alcohol ink on glossy card stock. More experimenting to do….!
….always a convict.
[Page 286] The two creepy head casts stare down at Pip as he leaves Jaggers’s office. Back home at the Temple, his apartment, Pip finds Magwitch still there, smoking and drinking rum. Pip presents Magwitch with his new disguise clothing. The clothes do not become him. To Pip, he sees the Convict in the marshes with the leg iron. There is Convict “in the very grain of the man.” Everything he does, from standing tall, drinking from dainty glasses, to eating, screams “prisoner, felon, bondsman.” They abandon the idea of powder in his hair and Magwitch decides to just wear his hair short. I think the style for men was longish hair at this time. Here is a quick sketch on one of the pages of the book that I am reading. It looks like I am about 2/3 of the way through! Whew! Would love to finish by January. It’s been fun, but I am ready to move on to something else! THREE YEARS!
Magwitch’s ears must be burning! Pip and Jaggers are still in his office discussing, very discretely, Magwitch and his sudden arrival in London. Jaggers warns Pip that Magwitch will not likely ever receive a pardon and that he is “expatriated for the term of his natural life” from England. To return would be an act of felony! Too late. Both Pip and Jaggers know that Magwitch is already there in London, but they act and talk as if he is in South Wales. Jaggers says that Wemmick, his clerk, received a letter from someone named Provis requesting Pip’s address. Provis is, of course, really Magwitch. Jaggers is just trying to cover his ass…. and Pip’s! He tells Pip that there is a balance in the account (the account set up by Magwitch) and he’ll be sending that over to Pip soon. I wonder if it will be enough for Pip to live on for the rest of his life? Probably not.