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Date: Feb 24 7:24 PM, 2020
RE: Why was Stephen Carrington accepted so easily?
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Greetings ShortSightedEyes--I don't know if I can add any clarity to your question, but I'll share my views.

I think the ultimate point, unfortunately, is that Clowance had made up her mind that no matter how twisted Stephen was, she couldn't live without him. (I've often wondered if there was a bit of the bad-boy appeal there.)

She already knew that he was not an honest or an honorable man. So, given her mindset, would discovering more of his true history have made a significant difference?  I don't recall if WG ever made it clear whether or not Stephen committed bigamy, or if he left it open to speculation. (Stephen's son didn't help clear up the matter; he was shaping up to be as unreliable as his father.) Regardless, we know that Stephen had no scruples about committing bigamy, and that his poor wife was certainly alive around the time he married Clowance. (Can you imagine how gleeful George would have been if he discovered that Ross's daughter had married a bigamist?)

But, despite learning that Stephen lied about his marriage and discovering that he had a son nearly as old as herself, it didn't very much alter Clowance's feelings for him. It just made her doubt herself. I think Stephen would have ended up browbeating her.

Since Illogan--only about 10 miles from Nampara--was considered quite a distance by many, a trip to Bristol would have seemed ambitious. In any event, Stephen would have gone to great lengths to prevent such a trip. He would not have accompanied anyone there--for the reasons you mention. Probably only Ross would have been in a position to consider such a voyage. But to what purpose? He already knew that Stephen was not what he claimed to be. But even so, an aboveboard man like Ross would never have suspected that Stephen was capable of such deceit and callousness. And Clowance would have been furious at Ross for investigating her lover.

You make an interesting point when you suggest that Stephen might have been a psychopath. He shares many chilling traits with the creepy Tom Ripley in "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

Some things are just incomprehensible, but I hope this helps.

 

 



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Date: Feb 19 10:00 PM, 2020
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Stephen Carrington was repeatedly caught in lies about his background and actions, was hostile, cruel(thinking of how he treated the little gypsy girl), violent (killing the sailor, threatening to kill Ben Carter, implying to kill Clowance to ensure she wouldn't marry anyone else if she didn't marry him) and thought himself "above" the folk in Cornwall. Yet it seems that he was more readily accepted than the kind-hearted and helpful Carne brothers and other folk from Urluggan(sorry but I must use audiobooks for reading so spelling may be incorrect). Stephen was a social-climbling, con-artist (maybe even psychopath) but it wasn't difficult to find one of his many loose threads, pull, and he would just disintegrate. Also, I understand Demelza and Ross' desire to allow their children to choose their mates but no one thought to go with him to visit his old hometown of Bristol? Not even his good buddy Jeremy? Isn't it a natural desire to see your friend, lover, or future son-in-law's old stomping grounds? This would have likely alerted them to the fact that he was already married and had an adult son. Maybe I'm missing something here. Help me understand.

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