Yesterday evening I read more of ‘Great Expectations’ and can now post five more of Charles Keeping’s superb illustrations.
In ‘Wemmick’s arm was straying from the path of virtue’ the artist uses a double page spread to indicate space between the elements of the scene.
‘He hugged himself with both his arms, looking back at me for recognition’
‘We sat down to consider the question, What was to be done?’. Here space is indicated by a significant empty chair.
‘I looked stonily at the opposite wall, and forced myself to silence’ might be seen as an example of passive aggression.
‘All that water-side region was unknown ground to me’, nevertheless, it is not beyond Mr Keeping’s imagination.
On what was probably the gloomiest day yet of our current stretch, we took a forest drive after shopping at Tesco.
Given that the camera usually picks up more light than does the human eye I have chosen not to brighten any of today’s images from mid-afternoon. Jackie parked the car along Forest Road while
I wandered about a stretch of woodland the images of which reflected the mood of the day.
The last of these carries the reflection of the Modus which Jackie had brought down the sloping road to pick me up.
This was Burley Road at 3.30 p.m.
Back along Forest Road ponies remained unperturbed by the cars or their headlights.
One we had seen earlier planted firmly across the road had turned her attention to the other side of a plastic fence.
More lichen brightened a stone on the opposite side of the road.
Further along ponies partook of provisions of hay.
This evening we dined on roast lamb; mint sauce; Crisp Yorkshire pudding; perfectly boiled potatoes, carrots , and cauliflower; and tasty gravy, with which I drank more of the Shiraz, and Jackie drank more of the Chenin Blanc.