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Date: Jun 14 9:51 PM, 2018
References in Poldark books
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P.S. My apologies for the horrible (lack of) formatting. I have yet to figure out how to make my posts look the way I want them to...

UPDATE: Just found out how to make edits - yay! Unfortunately, it only seems to work from a computer, not from a phone. Or am I missing something?



-- Edited by Blackleburr on Tuesday 19th of June 2018 08:44:44 AM

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One of the reviews I've seen of an episode from Series 3 of Poldark was titled "Ross is the new Jesus" - and it struck me that there are several scenes in the books where Winston Graham makes a subtle use of this parallel himself:

1. In Jeremy Poldark, chapter 8, when Ross is about to invite Francis to partnership in Wheal Grace, WG writes "Ross tethered Darkie to a sapling and sat on a piece of the fallen tree. He picked up a thin branch and began to trace thoughtful squares and circles in the sandy gravel of the path." This reminded me of the story where Jesus challenges a group of people who were accusing a woman of adultery to cast the first stone at her, and they all leave one by one while Jesus is writing with his finger on the ground. In the end, when only the two of them are left, Jesus tells the woman he does not condemn her.

2. At the end of The Four Swans, when Demelza returns from Killewarren and Ross notices she has damaged her shoes: "'Look,' he said roughly, and knelt and took her slippers off, one after the other, and put the other shoes on. Her stockings were holed and her feet were bruised, and stained here and there with blood. 'You'll do well to wash them presently,' he said." This brought to my mind the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.

I love both these scenes for being so subtle and powerful at the same time, and I think they fit particularly well with Ross's character - as he is not one for big words, and in fact often not one for any words at all, but likes to let his actions speak instead. What do you think? Are there any other scenes in the Poldark books that you recognize as references?



-- Edited by Blackleburr on Tuesday 19th of June 2018 08:40:41 AM

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