Art Expectations 289 & 290 Sleepless

289 & 90 GreatExp 150

I first created the flat limited-color landscape of Pip walking all the way back to London for page 310. But it was lacking something. So I added in the many-eyed Argos monster mentioned on page 311. And wha-la! That was it. So here you go, two pages in one piece of work.

{Day 289 Page 310} After finding out about Estella’s impending marriage to Drummle, Pip walks all the way back to London! It must not be too far because he arrives just after midnight. He’s weary and muddy. The night watchman at the gate to his flat stops him, handing him a note. Pip is informed that he must read it right then and there. It’s from Wemmick and states, “Don’t go home.” Scary! (Chapter 45) He immediately leaves, rents a hackney chariot and heads to a hotel in Covent Garden. He is checked into a tiny room at the back, which contains an enormous bed, almost protruding into the hallway. There’s a sorry excuse for a night-light: a candle placed in a tall tin tower with holes punched in it. It makes a “staringly wide-awake pattern” on the walls. I take it Pip does not get much sleep this night!

{Day 290 Page 311} It’s true, Pip doesn’t sleep much. “I could no more close my own eyes than I could close the eyes of this foolish Argus.” (the Greek mythological creature with many eyes) He imagines hearing noises all night and bugs falling on him. He drifts off to a fitful sleep with the phrase “don’t go home” playing over and over in his head. His mind drifts between his unhappy parting with Estella earlier in the day and why he can’t go home. That has something to do with Magwitch most likely. “Do not thou go home, let him not go home, let us not go home, do not ye or you go home… I might not, could not, would not and should not go home.” Poor Pip.

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