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Date: Jun 30 9:45 PM, 2017
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Mrs Gimlett wrote:

You are quite right, Dark Mare, you didn't say George or Elizabeth were related to the Godolphins.  My apologies.  I read your post in the morning, with the wrong glasses on and replied later on without re-reading it.

That scene is another of DHs inventions.  I do feel there is too much emphasis on George.  He should be beavering away in his bank and stashing away all those pounds, not dispensing justice (?) most of the time.


 No worries. I agree with you about George's role as magistrate, but I think what bothers me more is the rapid disintegration of Elizabeth. She has a drink in her hand in nearly scene she is in and was that laudanum in that little bottle the doctor -- presumably Behenna -- gave her? She looks half-drunk or even drugged in her final scene. Maybe it is easier/cheaper to use the courtroom scenes to get across Elizabeth's recognition that she had married a truly evil man. (Graham was too heavy-handed in his portrayal of George in the middle books, and Debbie Horsfield is just exaggerating that.)



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You are quite right, Dark Mare, you didn't say George or Elizabeth were related to the Godolphins.  My apologies.  I read your post in the morning, with the wrong glasses on and replied later on without re-reading it.

That scene is another of DHs inventions.  I do feel there is too much emphasis on George.  He should be beavering away in his bank and stashing away all those pounds, not dispensing justice (?) most of the time.



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Date: Jun 27 9:21 PM, 2017
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Mrs Gimlett wrote:

Although I vowed not to watch series 3 after the first episode, I received PMs from several members asking me to continue watching.  So I have, fairly reluctantly, and none more so than last Sunday's episode (3).  It was just all wrong somehow.

Firstly, in the books, George was not a magistrate in Truro - he was a local one in the Trenwith area.  Secondly, I am fairly certain you don't become the main man on your first foray on the Bench, the more experienced JPs would be guiding him.  So far as I remember, Elizabeth never went near a court, not even when Ross was on trial in Bodmin. 

I would just like to correct you on one thing, Dark Mare.  Lord Godolphin was not a relative of either George or Elizabeth.  The family only became tenuously linked through Morwenna's marriage to Osborne Whitworth whose mother was a Godolphin. These days we would hardly call it a family connection, but that was what George was lured by, the thought of linking to a very old aristocratic family.

Further comments will be made on a separate thread to save going off-topic.


I don't believe I said Lord Godolphin was related to George or Elizabeth. If you got that impression, I apologize. He was the uncle of the crime suspect who was to come before George the next day. 



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Although I vowed not to watch series 3 after the first episode, I received PMs from several members asking me to continue watching.  So I have, fairly reluctantly, and none more so than last Sunday's episode (3).  It was just all wrong somehow.

Firstly, in the books, George was not a magistrate in Truro - he was a local one in the Trenwith area.  Secondly, I am fairly certain you don't become the main man on your first foray on the Bench, the more experienced JPs would be guiding him.  So far as I remember, Elizabeth never went near a court, not even when Ross was on trial in Bodmin. 

I would just like to correct you on one thing, Dark Mare.  Lord Godolphin was not a relative of either George or Elizabeth.  The family only became tenuously linked through Morwenna's marriage to Osborne Whitworth whose mother was a Godolphin. These days we would hardly call it a family connection, but that was what George was lured by, the thought of linking to a very old aristocratic family.

Further comments will be made on a separate thread to save going off-topic.



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Date: Jun 26 12:39 PM, 2017
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Is anyone else getting tired of the way Debbie Horsfield is portraying the Warleggans as such recent arrivals in society? Series 3 has George becoming the first Warleggan to serve as a magistrate and has him hoping to parlay that seat on the bench into chance to be a burgess for Truro. "Ross Poldark" gives that distinction to Nicholas Warleggan, George's father, and also has him as a burgess for Truro who tried to get his son named to a vacancy on that panel. (That idea didn't fly because others in town found the idea of two burgesses coming from the same family unacceptable.) It's not like there would be a need to hire another actor to play Nicholas. 

I was amused by George's review of his first day on the bench in Episode 3. He fancied himself as a really tough judge for sentencing a man to 20 lashes for stealing a pheasant. His father, along with Dr. Halse and three other magistrates, sentenced Jim Carter to two years in prison for poaching, and poor Jim had no birds, just the nets he would have used to catch a pheasant.

On his second day on the bench, George appalled Elizabeth by taking the side of a man accused of sexual assault (who happens to be a Godolphin relative) over that of the victim, binding the serving girl over for trial on slander and libel charges for impugning the character of her attacker. Why did he do it? Because Lord Godolphin had invited him to a banquet he was giving. What a cheap date 



-- Edited by Dark Mare on Monday 26th of June 2017 12:41:31 PM

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