(ESTELLA enters. She is a woman now. PIP of course is transfixed.)
MISS HAVISHAM. Do you find her much changed, Pip?
PIP (to ESTELLA). Before, you were the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen. Now, I am quite sure, that you must be the most beautiful woman in the world.
MISS HAVISHAM. But you used to find her proud, insulting.
PIP (looking only at ESTELLA). What a fool I must have been. I was just a boy.
ESTELLA (cheerful). I'm sure you were quite right, and that I was most disagreeable.
MISS HAVISHAM (to ESTELLA). Is Pip changed?
ESTELLA. Very much.
MISS HAVISHAM. I assure you, Estella, that varnish only better shows the original grain of the wood. It can never disguise it.
ESTELLA. I am moving to London soon, Pip.
PIP. You are?
ESTELLA. Miss Havisham here asks that you show me the town a little. I have never been there, you know.
PIP. It would be an honor.
ESTELLA. I look forward to it tremendously.
PIP. No marshes! No grazing cattle. Instead you'll have the theatre and art galleries and concerts and balls!
ESTELLA. I can't wait.
MISS HAVISHAM. So. You are tired of me. Won't you miss me?
ESTELLA. It is you who are sending me there. It is part of your plan.
MISS HAVISHAM. You won't miss me. I can see it in your eyes. They are hard and cold.
ESTELLA. You reproach me for being cold? You?
MISS HAVISHAM. You are not supposed to be cold to me. Me, who adopted you and lavished years of tenderness on you. When Jaggers brought you to me, you had nothing! Look what I've done for you!
ESTELLA. You have been very good to me and I owe you everything.
MISS HAVISHAM. Yes!
ESTELLA. I am grateful. What else do you want?
MISS HAVISHAM. Love.
ESTELLA. And you have it.
MISS HAVISHAM. I do not!
ESTELLA. Who taught me to be hard? Who praised me when I learned my lesson?
MISS HAVISHAM. But you were not meant to be proud and hard to me. Not to me, Estella.
ESTELLA (calm). You are being unreasonable. I have never forgotten your wrongs and their causes and I have never been unfaithful to you or your schooling. I have never shown any weakness that I can charge myself with. I must be taken as I have been made.
(ESTELLA is about to exit.)
MISS HAVISHAM. Kiss the boy goodbye!
(ESTELLA returns. Kisses PIP.)
ESTELLA. I do look forward to seeing you in London.