[Day 307, Page 329 Chapter 48] Pip had earlier mentioned two strange meetings. That was the first: running into Wopsle and hearing that Compeyson was seated behind him at the theatre. Following is a description of the second, happening a week after the first. Pip had been out rowing again and due to low tide had docked his boat at the wharf. He was walking along, deciding where to have dinner, when Jaggers comes up beside him, looping his arm in Pip’s. He suggests they dine together. Pip is about to decline when Jaggers tells him that Wemmick will be joining them. They stop off at Jaggers’ office so he can close up for the day (letter-writing, hand-washing, candle-snuffing, safe-locking). As Pip waits during this daily process, the creepy head casts seem to be playing a game with him, dancing in the flickering candlelight. The dripping wax on the candles looks like sheets used to wrap a corpse. Pip feeling a little morbid?
This is another sketch created in the car en route on family trip to Colorado. When I started working on my blog on this trip, I actually counted the pages that I have left. Only 85! You can say, well, that’s just shy of 100 still left to go. Or, you can say, only 85 left, after doing around 300!
Wemmick says he’ll offer Pip punch when he comes to visit, “not bad” punch. But Jaggers will offer him a “good wine.” He also tells Pip to check out Jaggers’ housekeeper when he goes to dine with him. She’s a “wild beast tamed.” Interesting…
Pip stops by the crowded police-court to see Jaggers at work, cross-examining some poor soul. Everyone in the court is in awe and scared stiff as Jaggers speaks. Even the thieves “shrank when a hair of his eyebrows turned in their direction!”
Mr Jaggers is a trial lawyer and it seems he has helped and is helping many people who are in trouble. He is very popular! Pip describes some of the people waiting about for Jaggers. He watches as Jaggers begins to interact with them. Jaggers demands to know from two men if they have paid Wemmich. The have. They want to talk with Jaggers but he “won’t have it!” He says, waving them off, “If you say a word to me, I’ll throw up the case.” He then goes to two women and starts up a conversation with them, apparently about their case also.
Here is a scale like those usually used to represent “Law”. Jaggers, on one side, is heavier than all the people on the other.
Here are my two head casts, coming along. I added some features. Moving slowly on this but will be done eventually! I’m thinking the two head casts in Jaggers’s office were made from decapitated heads from criminals that Jaggers had represented. (ICK!)
Pip waits in Mr Jaggers’s warm dismal office for him to return. He studies the odd objects about the room and becomes especially spooked by two head casts on a shelf collecting dust and soot. He describes the faces as swollen and “twitchy about the nose.”
I have decided to do two “close to life-sized” head sculptures to resemble the spooky head casts in Jaggers’s office. I have been wanting to do a 3D object with this project and now is my chance! I made two large balls of aluminum foil and then started covering them with plaster tape. I can’t remember what this stuff is called, but it is a roll of mesh material that is covered in dried plaster. You cut it in strips then dip in water. Lay them across your armature, pressing them in. I am thinking these two heads are casts of two criminals that were hanged. Criminals that perhaps Jaggers had represented in court. Creepy! No wonder Pip is spooked.
This project will take me about a week so I will post my progress. In the meantime, I have read the next few pages and will be posting those also as I work on these head casts. (I’ve been watching Face Off – I got some good ideas from that show!)
Here are the first two steps: