[Day 343 Page 367] Back in town, Pip pays Trabb’s boy two guineas hoping he’ll keep his mouth shut about this incident and for all his help. Startop, Herbert and Pip head back to London, arriving at daybreak. It’s Tuesday. Pip, exhausted from the experience, rests all day at home. Lying in bed, his burning arm throbs and his burning head throbs. He counts up to high numbers trying to get to sleep. His He is very stressed about the plans for the following day with Provis, Herbert and Startop. He has fitful dreams about Provis being discovered and arrested. About himself becoming too ill to travel and helping row him out of town. At midnight he goes to Herbert’s room believing he’s slept right through Wednesday and the planned trip. Herbert assures him he has not. Pip finally goes back to bed and sleeps the rest of the night.
Chapter 52 begins…
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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.
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!