Orlick is still threatening Pip’s life as he’s tied to the ladder. Pip watches his every move. Orlick is like a tiger waiting to pounce on his prey. He does spring forward toward Pip with the candle in his hand. He tells Pip that he was the person hiding on his stairs outside Pip’s London house the night that Magwitch/Provis showed up with his “good” news. (The night that Magwitch told Pip that HE was the benefactor, not Miss Havisham.) So Orlick has been following Pip around London. He’s been waiting for the right moment to get him. Over the years, after leaving Satis House (Pip got him fired from there, I believe), Orlick has worked for other people and made some friends. As Orlick talks on and threatens, Pip sees the “swift stream” of his “life running out to sea.” Orlick discovered that Pip had an uncle. (Not really, Pip told everyone that Magwitch was his uncle to avoid questions.) Orlick also realized that this “uncle” was the same criminal in the marshes long ago. Orlick had helped Joe file the leg-iron for this criminal. It’s all coming around! I wonder if Orlick knows that Magwitch gave Pip all his money, the Great Expectations?
I’ve been learning to marble paper! It’s been fun. I bought a kit from Marble Art in Oklahoma. Everything to get started was included, except paint, which I purchased separately. I did the sketch above on a piece of experimental marbling on an old dictionary page. Below are some other marbling samples. My 14 year old daughter has been doing them with me, so some are hers. It’s been fun learning this ancient technique together with her!