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Date: May 14 11:22 PM, 2016
RE: Julia Poldark
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Next to Ross' parents' headstone is a small one for Claude, Ross' brother, who died when he was 5, or as the headstone puts it "in the sixth year of his age." That shows that Ross' father at least believed in buying a headstone for a deceased child, because he did. 

It is strange that there is so much concern about Agatha's headstone when there is no headstone for Julia, unless perhaps her will allocated money for the headstone and made Francis -- which would mean Elizabeth because Francis is dead -- and Ross  responsible for it. (But wouldn't that have been mentioned when Ross and George were sparring over the subject?) Or maybe Ross sees in it an opportunity to try to patch things up with Elizabeth. 

Then again, maybe Ross plans to order a headstone for Julia when he orders Agatha's. 



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Date: May 3 2:12 PM, 2016
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Interesting thoughts.  I never really noticed it, to be honest.

Perhaps it was simply forgotten about by WG.  Was it usual for babies to be given headstones, I wonder?  There'd certainly be a lot of them judging from the high infant mortality rate at the time.

Agreed - maybe by the time that they could afford a headstone, neither could think of doing it and reliving the whole sad story.  Grief is a strange thing and people deal with it in very different ways.  I don't think that Demelza is really the type of person who would need a headstone to remember Julia, or to show that she remembers her, so maybe it's unimportant to her?  Is it ever mentioned if Sarah Enys gets one?



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Date: Apr 26 2:14 PM, 2016
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Mrs Gimlett wrote:

You are correct, Mrs Martin; nowhere does WG mention Julia's grave, let alone a headstone.

There are at least two occasions, though, when Demelza visits the churchyard, one being when Ross asked her to see if Agatha's stone had been erected.  Whilst there, she read Grace and Joshua's stone and copied down the Latin inscription Joshua had used for his beloved wife.  She also looked at and read Ross' young brother's stone.  Surely, if Julia's grave had a stone she would have at least looked at it and would be thinking about her.  It would be out of character for her not to, in my opinion.

Ross and Demelza were quite poverty stricken after Julia died.  If you recall, after the trial they had to sell furniture and livestock just to keep their heads above water.

I think it may have been an oversight from WG, who is so good at all the smallest details in the lives of Poldark families.


 I agree that after the trial Ross and Demelza were quite poverty stricken but just before Julia's death, Ross had borrowed one thousand pounds at forty percent interest and he had lent Blewett two hundred pounds. I think he would have had the money to place a headstone on little Julia's grave. 

I'm not sure that Demelza would have looked at Julia's headstone while she was looking at Ross' parents and brother's. It might have been too painful for her to do so. Julia's death was something that effected Demelza so deeply, that she carried it with her wherever she went. A pain that she didn't need to remind herself of, an ache that never went away, she didn't need to look at Julia's headstone because Julia's death was engraved in her heart.



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Date: Apr 25 7:56 PM, 2016
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You are correct, Mrs Martin; nowhere does WG mention Julia's grave, let alone a headstone.

There are at least two occasions, though, when Demelza visits the churchyard, one being when Ross asked her to see if Agatha's stone had been erected.  Whilst there, she read Grace and Joshua's stone and copied down the Latin inscription Joshua had used for his beloved wife.  She also looked at and read Ross' young brother's stone.  Surely, if Julia's grave had a stone she would have at least looked at it and would be thinking about her.  It would be out of character for her not to, in my opinion.

Ross and Demelza were quite poverty stricken after Julia died.  If you recall, after the trial they had to sell furniture and livestock just to keep their heads above water.

I think it may have been an oversight from WG, who is so good at all the smallest details in the lives of Poldark families.



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Date: Apr 22 11:31 PM, 2016
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Hi Mrs Gimlett,

Is it stated quite clearly that there was no headstone? I don't have an unedited version of Demelza, but I don't recall any mention of a headstone or a lack of one. When Julia died Ross and Demelza were not so destitute as to be unable to erect a headstone and it seems strange that they would not do so.  Is it possible that it is just not mentioned?



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Date: Apr 21 6:04 PM, 2016
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I have raised this subject before, but perhaps a topic specially for her will raise some comment on little Julia.

I have always wondered why she had no headstone.  It is true Ross and Demelza were very poor for some time following Julia's death.  We know she had a moving funeral, beautifully described in the first edition of Demelza, but nothing is in the churchyard to acknowledge her existence. Maybe by the time they could afford something each of them was reluctant to relive all the memories of that time again.

When Demelza later visits Sawle yard on various occasions, she reads Ross' family stones and not a thought about Julia is mentioned.  Since her death affected them both quite dramatically it seems strange.



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