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Art Expectations 326-7 Secret Lives

Great Expectations

Two pages in one post again!
[Day 326 Page 349]  As Pip tells all he knows about Estella, Molly and Provis, he is careful not to let Jaggers know that some of this knowledge came from Wemmick, Jaggers’ clerk. He doesn’t wish to get Wemmick into trouble with his employer. Pip doesn’t blame, suspect or mistrust Jaggers. He just wants confirmation of the truth about Estella’s family. He feels he needs to explain why he is so concerned about it. He confesses to Wemmick and Jaggers his love for Estella. He’s loved her “dearly and long.” But she’s lost to him, having married his arch-enemy, Drummle. He begs Wemmick to tell Jaggers to stop treating him like a child. By doing this he hints at Wemmick’s private life. That he knows Wemmick in a personal manner, not only for business. Jaggers (maybe trying to change the subject away from Estella) starts teasing Wemmick about his softer, private, pleasant life away from work. Apparently Pip knows more about Wemmick also, than does Jaggers! Wemmick stands his ground stating that it doesn’t affect his work.

[Day 327 Page 350]  Jaggers goes on to explain his reason for taking Estella away from her mother, Molly, and giving her to grow up under the care of Miss Havisham, the wealthy spinster. All about him in his daily work he saw too many children being born into poverty and crime. These children had no chance but to grow up and be cast out, imprisoned, neglected or hanged. Here was a pretty child who could be saved. And at the same time, a wealthy woman in want of a child to rear. So Jaggers made the deal with Molly. He’d do whatever he could to win her case and save the child too. Maybe Jaggers has a heart after all?

I finished these two pages on the last two panels of the tiny accordion book, using acrylic and paint pens. 326 represents Wemmick’s private dream life. 327 is a sweet, small, praying Estella. My heart goes out to all the people of Paris and France as they mourn the loss of loved ones in Friday’s terrorist attacks.

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Art Expectations 325 Misfortune

Misfortune

[Day 325 Page 348]   After telling Jaggers and Wemmick about the Satis House fire and then receiving the money for Herbert’s business, Pip proceeds to talk about the third (MAIN) reason he is there. He tells them he knows who Estella’s mother is. And not only that, he also knows who her father is! Jaggers seems surprised, a rare emotion for him. But he gets himself under control very quickly. He admits that he does not know the father. When Pip tells him the father is Provis (Magwitch) Pip notices another slight sign of surprise from Jaggers. He tells Jaggers and Wemmick, who is listening silently, that Provis does not know that his daughter is even still alive, much less know who she is. Pip alone has put all this together from what he’s been told by Provis, Miss Havisham and Wemmick.

Here are two panels in the accordion book for this one page. I felt it needed two panels. Plus I was ready to work a little bigger! I first coated the panels with a heavy gel medium so that they would accept some paint. Then used acrylic and Inktense watercolor pencils to finish it off. Fall is finally here in the south, a little cooler and had some rain. But still green leaves! Hopefully we’ll see some pretty orange, red and yellow soon!

Art Expectations FOUR days!

321-322 GreatExp The Truth 150

323-324 GreatExp Seeking 150

[Day 321 Page 343]  While Herbert changes out Pip’s bandages, he tells Pip what he’s learned from Provis (Magwitch), more about his background. He says Provis has mellowed some. Provis had told Herbert about a woman he once knew (no name given). This woman had had a fight with another stronger, older woman. This fight took place in a barn and ended in the older woman being strangled to death by the younger one. (WHAT?!) This younger woman was tried for murder. She was represented by Jaggers and was acquitted. (Now I remember why I loved this book in high school! So many twists and surprises.) Is Provis the man who had the affair with Molly and is the father of Estella?! This is all coming from Herbert as he tells Pip what Provis told him recently.

[Day 322 Page 344]  More from Herbert… On the night that Molly strangled the other woman, she swore to Provis, out of jealousy, that she’d destroy the child they’d had together. She told him he’d never see their daughter again. During the trial, Provis stays in hiding so as not to complicate matters and get Molly in further trouble. After the trial, Molly and their daughter disappear. He’s not seen them since. He assumes Molly killed their little girl. In one night, he lost his wife (the murdered one), Molly (girlfriend) and his daughter (now named Estella). That’s rough. Provis’s business partner (in crime), Compeyson, knows about all of this and that there may have been a child murdered. He holds this over Provis and treats him poorly, cheating him.

[Day 323 Page 345]  Herbert is now finished telling all he knows. He and Pip try to figure out how long ago all this happened – Molly strangling Provis’s wife and she and the daughter disappearing. Pip tells Herbert what he has put together from all of this new knowledge. Provis is Estella’s father. And Molly, her mother. I am thinking that Jaggers and Wemmick are the only ones that know the whole truth. {Chapter 51} Pip feels compelled to disclose this new information to all parties concerned: Provis, Molly, and most importantly, Estella. He decides to meet with Jaggers the next day to confirm the truth.

[Day 324 Page 346]  Pip finds Jaggers and Wemmick going over the books in their office. They ask him to describe the events of the fire at Satis House. Pip gives a full account of that horrible night. By giving Pip his sympathy, Jaggers comes across as more personable than usual. Pip then hands over the note from Miss Havisham requesting the money to pay off Herbert’s business debt. He gets a check for 900 pounds from them. Jaggers says he is sorry that they can’t do more for him. Pip admits to only wanting one thing from Miss H and that was all she knew about Estella’s background.

Here are four more panels on the accordion book, mixed media. These panels are very tiny, but all together looks pretty cool. Only a few panels left to go and it will be finished!