Pip admits to Miss Havisham and Estella that his benefactor will not likely enrich his station in life. (I think it has up until now… until he found out who his benefactor really was!) The names of Magwitch and Provis were not mentioned. Miss H tells Pip it was merely a coincidence that Jaggers was both her lawyer and his benefactor’s lawyer. A coincidence that she asks for a young man to help her around the house (and to tease with the promise of Estella) AND at the same time, a criminal asks Jaggers to fund the life of same young man to make into a gentleman. Hmmmm…. strange coincidence. Miss H agrees that she led Pip on in believing she was the benefactor. “Was that kind?” Pip asks. She bellows out, ” Who am I that I should be kind!” Pip backs down at her outburst and he apologizes. He didn’t mean to upset her. After all, he was paid well for his services there. He has paid dearly himself! Pip has definitely lead an unusual life, being paid to do nothing really. Except to get his heart broken.
Pip looks out the window at the Blue Boar. He sees Drummle mounting his horse then receiving a light for his cigar from a strange man. Could that man be Orlick? Pip thinks maybe, but he has more important things on his mind to worry about than that right now. He starts heading toward Satis House, wishing he’d never ever set foot in that wretched place.
He enters the neglected room where he finds Miss Havisham with Estella busy knitting. They both seem surprised to see him. I’m sure they’ve known all along that Pip’s benefactor was not Miss Havisham, but did they know who was? Sitting in the ruin of the room, it seems a fitting place for Pip. He tells Miss H that he’s as unhappy as she intended him to be.
Here is a quick ink sketch. I’m glad to be back to the story of Pip and to have my taxes done!