An old newspaper article describes Pumblechook as the founder of Pip’s fortunes. Seems the whole town knows about Pip! He sets out too early to visit Miss Havisham, going the opposite direction of his home, wandering around her neighborhood. He dreams of her plans for him:
– to restore the grand old house
– to reset the clocks
– to marry the princess (Estella)
He is to become the HERO! But he does not truly know what lies ahead for him. And I believe Estella is just another pawn in Miss H’s game.
Pip heads to town to order his new clothes for his impending trip to London. He stops at the tailor’s shop first. The tailor’s boy, while sweeping up the shop, sweeps right over PIp as if to say he’s as good as any blacksmith. Pip heads to the back of the shop to talk to the tailor, who is also indifferent to him until he finds out that Pip has actual money.
The tailor, Mr Trabb, is eager to start on Pip’s new suit. Wonder if he is just getting one suit? Seems like he’ll need more than one!
I was eager to play with some new washi tape that I got for Christmas. I’ve been eyeing these tapes for a while but had not bought any or tried them until now. So much fun! They come in many many colors and designs. They are more of a paper tape and easy to tear. I found some on etsy at this nice little shop:
I also did a transfer using packing tape of an old image of a tailor’s shop. These old engravings were called “Trade Cuts” and were used to advertise shops. I love seeing how shops looked back then… how items were displayed on massive wooden counters and in wooden cabinets. No plastic shelving here and certainly no online shopping!
Pip sees Joe’s pipe smoke rising in the air outside his upstairs open bedroom window. It reminds him of the air that he and Joe have shared together.
Pip has just six days before he starts on his new adventure! He’s in a much better mood today, going to church and having one final walk-about in the marshes to say his goodbyes. He bids farewell to all he’s known: the church, the graveyard where he first met the convict, the low wet grounds of the marsh, the dykes and sluices. And of course, the dull grazing cattle who seem to have a “more respectful air about them” today.
I did a painting showing an anything-but-dull cow. He’s helping Pip say goodbye and celebrate his new Great Expectations!