Art Expectations Day 177

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Pip decides to leave the Avenger behind in London, afraid Miss Havisham might not approve, or that the Avenger would cause a stir back home. At the station, waiting to leave, Herbert informs Pip that the stagecoach will also transport two convicts. This was customary, but the word “convict” sends shivers down Pip’s spine! He lies, saying it’s fine.

Out from the Tap come the convicts with their guard, all wiping their mouths off. They’ve been drinking and seem like old friends, despite the irons on the legs of the convicts and the pistols on the guard. Pip immediately recognizes one of the convicts as the man in the Three Jolly Bargemen who had scared Pip many months ago. He seemed to know about Pip and the convict in the cemetery. Is it the same cemetery convict?}

Art Expectations Day 94

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Sometimes I just don’t understand Dickens at all! I totally did not get what he was saying on the top of page 103. It’s that old English, I guess. Anyway, Pip is tormented by the secret he has long held from Joe about his aiding the convict. Detectives hang around the house and the Three Jolly Bargemen for weeks trying to frame someone for the crime upon Mrs Joe. No one is found guilty. But wait – ah, ha! Mrs Joe is NOT dead! But “very ill in bed.” Her sight, hearing, speech and memory are disturbed.

To communicate with Joe and Pip, she writes on a slate what she wants. It’s a problem sometimes because she has very bad spelling and Joe is such a poor reader. So things get mixed up. (Hilarious!) Such as: administration of mutton instead of medicine, the baker is mistaken for bacon. Her temper is better though and she’s more patient. This goes on for months…

White chalk on dark grey acrylic paint on paper. I wasn’t even sure what mutton was! I thought it was beef or maybe moose-meat! LOL We just don’t eat that here in the States or at least we don’t call it that. It’s meat from a mature sheep apparently. Not a very appetizing name. Baaaaaaa