Francis was no stranger to the grape, Verity would have been well used to dealing with the moods. But where did I read the suggestion that Francis' attachment to Verity was a little deeper than brotherly? I can't think if it was alluded to in the book or someone said it elsewhere.
I agree Brigantia. Verity was a useful and efficient housekeeper in effect - along with input into the farm. Elizabeth never got involved in that side of Trenwith - too busy looking dainty and delicate perhaps?!
A passionate child rolling in the dust with her ugly dog; a girl driving oxen; a woman....Did anything else matter?
Captain Blamey was 'andsome, that is was she did see in him!!!
It's always struck me as strange why Verity who was so good at reading, helping and understanding people especially Demelza and Ross should have been so enamoured of Captain Blamey in the first place. Knowing according to William-Alfred that he was a notorious drunkard and some years previously in a drunken frenzy had kicked his wife when she was with child killing her, then finally being stripped of his rank had lain for two years in a common prison as it all seems so out of character. Not surprising that Charles and Francis were so angry and hurt at such an unwanted family intrusion as a leopard never changes his spots, which leaves you wondering that perhaps Verity was far more desperate than she realised at being left a spinster and ready to overlook faults that others could and would never accept.
So what did she see in Captain Blamey, the fact that he still had two young children....?
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.