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Chapter XXXIX


Magwitch's, Pip's convict and benefactor, stay in Australia. He is a shepherd and he is bothering the colonists.

Chapter XXXVII

Size: 42 x 42 cm

In this chapter, Pip is invited by the law firm clerk Mr. Wemmick to partake at his Sunday evening at his house in Walworth, London. There he meets Mr. Wemmick's father and Mr. Wemmick's lady friend Miss Skiffins. After dinner and tea, Mr. Wemmick asks his father to read out loud the newspaper whilst the other take a seat around him and listen closely.

Then, the picture captures following moment:

As Wemmick and Miss Skiffins sat side by side, and as I sat in a shadowy corner, I observed a slow and gradual elongation of Mr. Wemmick’s mouth, powerfully suggestive of his slowly and gradually stealing his arm round Miss Skiffins’s waist. In course of time I saw his hand appear on the other side of Miss Skiffins; but at that moment Miss Skiffins neatly stopped him with the green glove, unwound his arm again as if it were an article of dress, and with the greatest deliberation laid it on the table before her. Miss Skiffins’s composure while she did this was one of the most remarkable sights I have ever seen, and if I could have thought the act consistent with abstraction of mind, I should have deemed that Miss Skiffins performed it mechanically.“


While the book focuses on describing the castle from the outside, having a stinger gun, and resembling indeed a little castle made out of wood, I tried to envision how the parlour would have looked like. The banner on top, the castle on the chimney piece, as well as the crown like chandeliers, and the weapons on the left wall hint at Mr Wemmick's partiality towards the medieval times. 

Chapter XXXVIII

Size: 27cm x 23cm
At a reunion of The Finches & Groves, the club to which Pip and Herbert are, since their coming of age, members, Bentley Drummle is called to toast on a lady of his acquaintance. After sneering at his adversary Pip, he calls the company to pledge him to Estella! This remark makes Pip seeth with anger and jealousy. Pip, who has his back to the viewer, rises in his place and accuses Drummle of toasting to a lady whom he knew nothing of. Drummle immediately starts up and demands Pip to explain himself, whereas the other gives a flowery invitation to a duel!

Would this have been Puschkin, Pip and Drummle would have without hindrance shot each other to death. Luckily it's Dickens, so both parties get calmed down by the club and Drummle has only to present a paper verifying his acquaintance with Estella.

Chapter XXXIV

Pip (sic!) recieves the letter of his sister's departing.

Inside myself there is always the quest to improve upon my drawings. The general viewer may remark, that I'm very good in my endeavours and that my technique is very fine. That's all good and fine, but there is always the impulse to strive for perfection.

When I figured out how the style and format of the drawings were going to be, the act of illustrating became more and more an execution of specific strokes and techniques. The initial hesitancy in putting down a line on the paper to commence the drawing grew more faint and less powerful. After I'd done my few sketches and simulated a 3D-model of the scene on the computer, I would take a sheet of paper and draw a grid on it and then pen my way to the end.

After a while I felt stuck with the same formulas and I wanted to explore something new. So, I tried to dilute ink with water to get a greyscale going. Unfortunately it ended in a messy job, and I had to correct the coloring in postdoc.

Chapter XXXIII


Pip makes Tea for Estella at King's Cross.