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Date: Oct 2 1:03 AM, 2019
RE: Ward Lock Book 3 - Jeremy Poldark.

I have finished my word-for-word comparison of the Ward Lock Jeremy Poldark with the Pan Books version.  I knew there was an added half-page paragraph in the Pan edition and found it on page 36.  However, later in the WL edition on p. 61 are 6 pages that are omitted from the Pan book and I found that the added paragraph was in place of these pages.  The pages are all about Dwight's long visit and conversation with Dr. Sparrock, one of the characters Mrs. Gimlet mentions in the beginning of this forum.  The key words which are found in the added paragraph in Pan are all there:  privation disease, 2 children dying, colouration of the skin, measles would kill them.  Of course there is so much more detail (6 pages shortened to half a page).  A couple of times later in the WL edition there is mention of this conversation and the reference is left out of the Pan edition.  This is the major change in the book but still there are over a hundred omissions and changes of words, phrases, sentences which show that the text was closely gone through.

There is an interesting typo I found in Pan where Pascoe says:  "What has the important patent, and I believe there are some years for it yet to run." Of course "What" should be "Watt" (the engineer).  I wish publishers would welcome corrections in text and that corrections could be made more easily.



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Date: Aug 30 3:46 PM, 2017

Mrs Gimlett,

Thank you for these Ward Lock reviews. They help put things in perspective.


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Date: Aug 29 8:06 PM, 2017

In this, the third book, we find out much more about Dwight than in the later editions.  One or two eccentric characters he has contact with are completely omitted from future editions. 

Generally, of course JP is mostly taken up with events both before and during the trial in Bodmin.  It seems a natural progression from 'Demelza', detailing R&Ds lives scraping out a living in fairly dire circumstances.  There is always something to cause a minor skirmish in their marriage though, in this case her concealment of pregnancy.  It is something I cannot quite understand.  They had a close relationship, shared a bed each night and he didn't realise until very late in the day!  I would have given him credit for better powers of observation than that!  Demelza must have been a master of deception where pregnancy was concerned.

Francis features in various ways throughout the book too.  Elizabeth never understood she was the cause of his behaviour.  Demelza could have helped him so much had she had more contact with him in the previous books.

The other point which occurred to me when I was reading it not many weeks ago was this.  Ross arrived home all bruised and untidy, scruffy and irate, after his encounter with George in the Red Lion and because Demelza was in the throes of producing Jeremy, we never get to hear what she said about it, or her reactions to the fight (although she refers obliquely to it in a later book). Her thoughts on the event at that time would have been interesting.  At least Dwight was on hand to offer first (or by that time, second) aid...




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