Chapter 52 begins…
[Day 330 Page 353}
Pip takes the check from Jaggers (money from Miss Havisham) to settle the debt with Herbert’s business partner. (Remember, all along Pip thought that his money, his Great Expectations, was coming from Miss H. Including the money has was using to help Herbert in his business. But it was actually coming from the criminal that he helped out in the graveyard near his childhood home when he was a child. But this time, this check, is from her.) He goes to Herbert’s business partner, Clarriker, right away to settle the debt. Pip says to himself that this is the one and only good thing he’s done. He set Herbert up in his business, got him a respectable career with a promising future so that he could marry his love, Clara Barley. Pip’s a little sad now because he realizes he’ll soon lose Herbert along with having lost Estella.
After a short time, he receives the long-awaited letter from Wemmick implying that it’s finally time to get Provis out of London and perhaps, England. Pip’s arms and hands are still too injured from the fire at Miss H’s to do any rowing. He and Herbert decide to ask their friend Startop to help with this task. They’ll be very careful how much they reveal to him.
Finally, they’ll move Provis out of Clara’s home! Here is the last of the three panels I did. They are all on hardboard, 6×6 inches. I used collage (old dictionary pages and bits of doodles) along with acrylic paint.
Happy Winter! Finally cooler here. It’s December, after all!
[Day 329, Page 352]
Jaggers and Wemmick get back to work while Pip looks on, as if nothing has happened. But there is tension in the air now. The two men look uncomfortable, as Pip has never seen them. Maybe too many secrets were revealed, including Wemmick having a private and pleasant life outside of work. Pip stays on and watches as a client comes in. He’s crying and babbling about his daughter being suspected of shoplifting. He’s there to get their legal help. Wemmick and Jaggers both lose their patience with him. Wemmick demands that the man leave if he cannot control his emotions. (So cold!) “I’ll have no feeling here. Get out.” (So harsh!)
Back to the story…
[Day 328, Page 352]
After Molly’s ordeal (killing her lover’s wife, being tried for murder and losing her daughter), she was afraid to go out into the world. So Jaggers took her in and kept her in line (his words). He employed her as a maid. Jaggers tells Pip that Estella only married Drummle for money, not love. Pip, Jaggers and Wemmick have just been discussing what Pip figured out. That Molly and Provis (Magwitch) are Estella’s true parents. Provis does not know that Estella and Molly are both still alive. Jaggers asks Pip what good it would do to let this news out. It would only disgrace Estella in the eyes of her new husband and his family. It would hurt her. He tells Pip he should cut off both his badly burned hands before spilling the beans on this secret. Wemmick, Jaggers and Pip all silently touch their fingers to their lips. Mums the word!
Here is the final accordion book with all the panels filled up with art based on various pages between 286 and 327 of Great Expectations. I used all kinds of media: acrylic, collage, ribbon, graphite, ink and paint markers. I always have trouble photographing accordion books because they are so long. If anyone out there knows a better way, please let me know!