Have loved catching up with all the new posts of the past week. I agree with all of them to some extent or other re Hugh Armitage. The poems get me every time I read them (silly though they are)!!
Tide was nearly full. Mist lay in a grey scarf along the line of the cliffs. .. and they walked home hand in hand through the slanting shadows of the new darkness.
I meant after they were married but before Ross was actually unfaithful in deed!
A degree in poldark psychological profiling, sounds groovy! When can i begin??
Another interesting question! Depends on how much earlier in their lives you mean McW, are you thinking of before they married? I don't think Demelza would have been half as mesmerised by Hugh if he had turned up in her life, fit, healthy and not having the romantic image of being an escaped prisoner of war. Right from the get go the only man for her was Ross, she had eyes for no-one else and if Ross had not been unfaithful to her with Elizabeth, I like to think that Demelza would never ever have contemplated getting romantically involved with Hugh.From the moment their relationship changed from the amiable friendship of master and maid to one of a more intimate and sexual nature, Ross, being a true gentleman felt himself bound to her and without hesitation acted honourably and proposed marriage. Ross would never have let her go without a fight, especially after he learned that she was carrying his child. I don't think Hugh Armitage would have stood even the remotest chance with Demelza in the early years, she was head over heels in love with Ross in those innocent, halcyon days before he broke her heart.I've been thinking, after all this phsycological character profiling we're doing, maybe we ought to think about taking a degree in the subject!
Such a funny picture that conjures up in my head .............. poor Hughie, he would probably have keeled over with heart failure and died. Still at least it would have saved Ross from finishing him off in a duel!!!
What does everyone think?
I mean, what a way to repay the man who had made it possible for him to escape from that awful existence as a prisoner of war in that French fort bring him safely back to England! Openly flirting with and seducing his wife resulting in the potential break-up his marriage! I'm not swayed by sympathy for his ill health ......... I think he is sickly sweet.My vote is for scoundrel!!