Monthly Archives: August 2015

Art Expectations 310 Open Up

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[Day 310, Page 332]   Jaggers’ maid, Molly, appears during their dinner only a few more times. Jaggers speaks sharply to her. Pip is now certain that she is Estella’s mother. How did Molly end up working for Jaggers and Miss Havisham end up raising Estella? During the meal, wine flows freely and Wemmick remains very business-like toward Pip. His mouth is like a mail box accepting wine and food. No talk of Magwitch and what is to happen with that situation.

Wemmick and Pip finally leave Jaggers’ house together. At this time, Wemmick returns to his usual relaxed, friendly self with Pip. They make small talk. Pip has got to be dying to talk about Magwitch and Estella and her mother. He asks Magwitch to tell him about Molly. Very early in the book Wemmick had told Pip to notice Molly’s hands and wrists. They agree that what is said between them goes no further. Agreed. Now tell us the story Dickens!!!


Art Expectations 308/309 Sketches

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[Day 308, Page 330]  At dinner, Pip tries to catch Wemmick’s eye, but Wemmick looks only at Jaggers. He comes across as dry and distant. Nothing is mentioned of Magwitch. He has a note from Miss Havisham to Pip. Wemmick hands the note to Jaggers, who then hands it to Pip. Miss H wishes to discuss some business with him. It’s decided that Pip will go the very next day. Jaggers changes the subject by exclaiming that the spider (Drummle) played his cards and got the girl (Estella). But, he continues, Drummle may not win in the end. He is all brute and no brain.

[Day 309, Page 331]   Jaggers proposes a toast to Estella (who isn’t there, it’s just Pip, Jaggers and Wemmick at dinner). Dickens’ language is a little confusing here (again) but I believe Jaggers says something to the effect of “may she choose the supreme man and be satisfied.” This is a painful subject for Pip. Molly, the maid, brings in a plate of food and something about how she holds her fingers, like knitting, seems vaguely familiar to him. (Is Molly Estella’s true mother?!) Pip puts two and two together, while thinking of Estella’s eyes and hands.

Here are two more “on the road” sketches. I’m lucky my husband did most of the driving so I could catch up on Art Expectations. Plus it made the hours and hours (14 total) of driving through desert pass by a little more easily!

Art Expectations 307 Second Meeting

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[Day 307, Page 329 Chapter 48]   Pip had earlier mentioned two strange meetings. That was the first: running into Wopsle and hearing that Compeyson was seated behind him at the theatre. Following is a description of the second, happening a week after the first. Pip had been out rowing again and due to low tide had docked his boat at the wharf. He was walking along, deciding where to have dinner, when Jaggers comes up beside him, looping his arm in Pip’s. He suggests they dine together. Pip is about to decline when Jaggers tells him that Wemmick will be joining them. They stop off at Jaggers’ office so he can close up for the day (letter-writing, hand-washing, candle-snuffing, safe-locking). As Pip waits during this daily process, the creepy head casts seem to be playing a game with him, dancing in the flickering candlelight. The dripping wax on the candles looks like sheets used to wrap a corpse. Pip feeling a little morbid?

This is another sketch created in the car en route on family trip to Colorado. When I started working on my blog on this trip, I actually counted the pages that I have left. Only 85! You can say, well, that’s just shy of 100 still left to go. Or, you can say, only 85 left, after doing around 300!

Art Expectations Day 306 – 100 Doors

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[Day 306, Page 328]   The man Wopsle saw in the audience at the theatre seated behind Pip was Compeyson, the convict Magwitch was beating up in the ditch way back when Pip was a child. He is the very one who jilted Miss Havisham at the altar, leaving her heart-broken and wallet-broken. Pip tries to act surprised when Wopsle tells Pip who the man was. Inwardly, he felt as if he “had shut an avenue of a hundred doors to keep him out, and then found him at his (my) elbow.” Pip gets back home at The Temple between midnight and 1:00 am. He saw no one following him. He tells Herbert about Compeyson and the theatre. He then writes to Wemmick with the news and reminding him that they still await instructions from him.

Art Expectations 305 Stalker

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Walking away from the theatre, Wopsle tells Pip that the person he saw behind Pip in the audience left before the play ended. He asks Pip if he remembers one Christmas Day when he was little and they were dining at his house with Mrs Joe and Joe. Some soldiers had stopped by to have Joe repair some handcuffs in his blacksmith shop. Oh yeah, Pip remembers. The men had also joined with the soldiers in hunting down some escaped convicts that night. Oh boy, does Pip remember. They found the two convicts in a ditch fighting. (Pip now knows that they were Magwitch and Compeyson.) Wopsle tells Pip that the man in the audience behind Pip was one of those convicts. Well, we’re pretty sure it wasn’t Magwitch! (He’s still in hiding.)

Here is another on-the-road piece, a pencil sketch of the theatre audience.

Art Expectations 303 & 304 Chance Encounter

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[Day 303 Page 325]  Pip has been busy rowing up and down the river. One afternoon in February, he pulls ashore, leaving his boat to be delivered to him later. It was a night of low tide and high fog. He decides to treat himself to dinner and a show. He goes to a play at the theatre where he once saw Mr Wopsle perform. Pip had not heard from nor seen Wopsle since that flop of a performance. The play he sees tonight is a light comedy containing crude remarks about sailors. Low and behold, Wopsle is in this play also! He’s wearing a star and orders the sailors to all go to prison.

[Day 304 Page 326]  During the play at a point where Wopsle is seated on stage looking out at the audience, he spots Pip. During the second play, he is dressed in an embarrassing lady’s costume, crawling around on stage. During all of this he stares alarmingly at Pip in the audience. Once the play is over, Pip and Wopsle meet up outside and walk together. He tells Pip he saw someone else that he recognized sitting right behind Pip! Who?! Maybe Pip IS being followed.

Here are two more “quickies” that I created en route to Colorado… long car ride… lots of desert, but pretty… and very few art supplies with me. I am so glad I got to read a small chunk of the book and get back into it. Onward!

Art Expectations 301/302 River

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[Day 301 Page 323] After leaving Clara’s home, Pip goes solemnly home alone. He sees no one spying on him or hanging about the Temple. Herbert comes home later. Pip obtains a little row-boat and stores it by his staircase. He starts rowing on a regular basis, as planned, to avoid suspicion in case he needs to quickly row Magwitch out of town. Herbert goes along sometimes. They pass by Mill Pond Bank, Clara’s home and where Magwitch is hiding out. (I believe this is downstream from the Temple.) Pip still feels as if he is being watched but has yet to see anyone following him. He is “always full of fears for the rash man who was in hiding.” Herbert admits that he often looks at the river fondly and thinks of it flowing toward Clara. Pip thinks with dread of it flowing toward Magwitch! {Chapter 47} They continue in this pattern of daily rowing down and up the river. Herbert visits Clara and Mill Pond Bank about three times a week. They patiently await word for what to do from Wemmick.

[Day 302 Page 324] Pip starts to feel the loss of Magwitch’s money. He had sent the unopened pocketbook back to Magwitch, deciding not to spend any more of the man’s money. He even sold some pieces of jewelry to help make ends meet. He starts to wonder if Estella has become a married woman to Drummle. He avoids newspapers and tells Herbert to never speak of her to him. He is in a “state of constant restlessness and suspense.” He lives an unhappy life. While out rowing, occasionally he has to leave the boat at a dock to be brought back to him later due to low tide. When he does this, he leaves the boat and walks back to the Temple, stopping off somewhere along the way for dinner. I recently took a long road trip to Colorado (Beautiful!) with the family. I decided to make use of this time in the car (while not driving of course) to work on my blog artwork. These next 10 drawings were done somewhere along a long stretch of nothing (desert road), using only pencil, pen and a few colored pencils. I used leftover cardboard from a box of cat food. It sure made time pass quickly!