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Date: Sep 28 4:06 AM, 2013
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The date is October 1783.

Introducing Ross Poldark, en route to Truro and looking forward to arriving back after a long absence, to his family home, Nampara.

'The young man was tall and thin and big boned, with a scar on his cheek. He wore a double-breasted riding coat cut away short in front to show the waistcoat and the stout breeches, both of a lighter brown.  His hair, which had a hint of copper in its darkness, was brushed back unpretentiously and tied at the back with brown ribbon.'

............ 'The little clerk had heard of the Poldarks, had heard of Joshua, from whom, they said, in the fifties and sixties no pretty woman married or unmarried was safe.  This must be his son.  An usual face with its strongly set cheek-bones, wide mouth and large strong white teeth; at times almost ugly, at others as nearly handsome, though that four-inch scar was no help to a man's beauty.  The eyes were a very clear blue-grey under the heavy lids which gave a number of the Poldarks that deceptively sleepy look.  He had something of the highly strung appearance of a thoroughbred stallion, the clerk thought.'


This is Winston Graham's first description of his main character, the wounded soldier just returned from the war in America.

Who did Winston Graham base his primary character on, was it a real or imaginary person?



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Date: Apr 21 10:36 AM, 2009
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Ross Poldark is probably  my favourite poldark novel. It introduces these wonderful and brilliant characters, sets the scene of 18th century cornwall so accurately and enticingly  and has lots of interesting storylines not all of them to do with the main character (which is unusual in any book) .I especially love the developing relationship between Demelza and Ross,  which in this first book changes more dramatically than at any other time. Demelzas progression from  raggedy urchin to lady of the manor is  a real cinderella rags to riches tale but completely believable and realistic. The hardships and tougher life faced by Ross's tenants are of equal interest to this author though and I too grew to be just as interested in the lives and loves of the "downstairs" villagers as I was the  "upstairs" gentlefolk. I find the love story of Jinny and Jim carter every bit as poignant and sad as the heartbreaking tale of Verity and Capt Blamey (which incidentally inspired me to call my daughter Verity). I LOVE  the humour and craftiness of Jud Paynter, surely one of Winston Grahams most  inspired literary creations.
What are your favourite moments from Ross Poldark? I have many but if i had to pick five then i would choose in no particular order, Demelzas refusal to part with Garrick when Ross offers her a place at nampara, the discusson of hair lice between Jud and Demelza, Veritys thoughts as she returns home after the break up of her romance with Capt Blamey, The seduction (obviously!!!) and the night when Ross takes Demelza to watch the pilchard catch when he tells her he loves her. BLISS!

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Over on the Research Forum you might be interested in a very well executed late 19th Century painting called "Tucking a School of Pilchards" (where the water does seem to boil with fish") which is on display in the Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance as well as on their website.

http://www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=44746&p=3&topicID=22575375

There's also a lot of other excellent historical material besides these fine paintings on their site too, especially some very early photographs, so well worth viewing their whole website. smile

http://www.an-daras.com/costumes/Picture%20Gallery.htm


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Date: Apr 6 10:04 AM, 2009
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disbelief unfortunatly, there is no such scene, it's
 only in the book, but plenty of extra scenes to feast on thoughwink
as in the one where Ross rides to bring Demelza back, where she is off "to get rid of it" and they fall about and he says that they will be married, it carries on longer, she complains of pains and he sweeps her up and helps her to the horse.
Fancy cutting that out. Is one of my favorite romantic scenes.

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Can anyone with the Australian DVD's help me out on this one?  Seem to recall that when the first series was orignally shown onTV they showed the scene where Ross takes Demelza out in the boat to see the pilchard catch and finally discovers that he has fallen in love with her.  Might be confusing it with something else, but have this sneaky feeling that I can remember the water seeming to boil as the fish come to the surface.  Anyone out there shed any light on this one please?confuse


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