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RE: Demelza's pinch protest in "The Black Moon": Any guesses on what she stopped herself from saying?
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I think the ribald comment which remained unsaid was WGs way of conveying the information that Ross and Demelza's relationship was still in the recovery mode.  It was a bare three months since she had packed a bag, threatening to leave him.  Previously, there were no holds barred, but after Christmas 1793, they were each cautious with the other for some while.  It took months before their spontaneous conversation assumed its former level.

What the comment might have been?  Only WG knew.



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Stella Poldark wrote:
SusanneMcCarthy wrote:

I thought it might be along the lines of not being a lady of quality - which once she would have been quite happy to joke about, but after the "May 9th incident" it had become quite a sensitive subject. It was very perceptive of WG to recognise the subtle damage that had done to their relationship. 


 I think you are spot on with this Susanne. Once again I am reminded how many gems there are in the books, many of which I still miss and which are incapable of translating to the screen.

Stella


Susanne, the sentence says: A ribald reply came to Demelzas lips but she suppressed it. 

What would be ribald about saying she wasn't a lady of quality? It's gotta be something else. 

Stella, you wrote: "which are incapable of translating to the screen."

Actually, a lot of romantic comedies in the 1950s had no problem translating that to the screen. Then again, the women usually were wearing sheath dresses or pencil skirts in those movies so you might be right. 

 

 



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SusanneMcCarthy wrote:

I thought it might be along the lines of not being a lady of quality - which once she would have been quite happy to joke about, but after the "May 9th incident" it had become quite a sensitive subject. It was very perceptive of WG to recognise the subtle damage that had done to their relationship. 


 I think you are spot on with this Susanne. Once again I am reminded how many gems there are in the books, many of which I still miss and which are incapable of translating to the screen.

Stella



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I thought it might be along the lines of not being a lady of quality - which once she would have been quite happy to joke about, but after the "May 9th incident" it had become quite a sensitive subject. It was very perceptive of WG to recognise the subtle damage that had done to their relationship. 



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In Chapter 2 of "The Black Moon," Demelza privately lodges a protest to Ross for pinching her bottom nearly within view of her newly arrived brothers. 
  
"A little more need be said, Ross, for you cannot expect me to maintain my dignity in the house if you pinch me the way you did this afternoon when we were scarcely out of their sight!"
 
"All ladies of quality must learn to suffer this," Ross said. "But they show this quality by suffering it in silence." 
 
A ribald reply came to Demelzas lips but she suppressed it. It was in the quick thrust and counterthrust of joking that the chasms could still appear. 
 
Can anyone guess what that self-stifled ribald reply might have been? I have overtaxed my feeble brain trying to imagine what it was, but I have come up with exactly nothing. 




-- Edited by Dark Mare on Wednesday 21st of December 2016 01:45:34 AM

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