Art Expectations 311 Molly’s Strength

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{Day 311 Page 333}  As Pip and Wemmick continue walking after dinner, Wemmick begins to tell Pip the story of Molly, Jaggers’ maid. (Pip is starting to suspect that Molly is Estella’s real mother.) Many years ago, Molly was tried for murder. She was beautiful so this caused quite a stir around London town. This was also Jaggers’ first big case, early in his career. The murdered person was a woman about ten years older than Molly. Molly, the woman and the dead woman’s husband all “led tramping lives”. I’m guessing they were all gypsies. This was a love triangle. So I am thinking Molly was having an affair with the husband, or maybe the wife was just jealous, suspecting something. There was a fight between the two women in a barn. Molly won the fight, and strangled the woman to death with her bare hands. (Pip recalls Jaggers pointing out Molly’s strong wrists and hands at a dinner party years earlier.) At the trial, Jaggers had her dress very daintily with her arms covered. The scratches on her hands were said to be from walking through a thicket of brambles.

I finally had time to sit and work on the next page. I did a painting of Molly in acrylic. This is larger than what I have done recently (all those car-sketches!) I was ready to do something more detailed. I got some new pencils in the mail (addicted to art supplies!) earlier this summer so I think my next one will be a pencil sketch. Back to the basics!

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