Miss Havisham on my WallThursday, January 03, 2019
I first fell in love as a little boy with Estella of Great Expectations. Since I was then a proto-nerd, I was used to being rebuffed by the little girls in my class. Estella's remoteness was attractive. I learned to dislike Miss Havisham but I have been lightly obsessed with her image in my head.
One of my Miss Havishams hangs on my living room wall. Not too long ago the afternoon sun shone on it and I could not resist snapping a photograph.
Perhaps now that I am 76 and no longer having to worry about my advanced nerdness I can plan to photograph some willing but outwardly woman to pose for me as the older Estella who might have dumped Drummle and married Pip.
Wilkie Collins, a close friend and author of The Woman in White, objected to the not-happy ending Dickens first wrote for Great Expectations; Estella has remarried and Pip remains single. Dickens then wrote a more conventional ending, which suggests that Pip and Estella will marry.
That could be fun.