This week Morwenna was a pawn in George Warleggan’s cruel machinations. At first he was clueless and thought His cousin-in-law Morwenna must be bored in Nampara. Far with from it. She was having the time of her life with Dwight and their young chaperone, Geoffrey Charles.
George goes nuts when he hears toads on his property. We later learn that as a boy, Ross terrorized George by putting toads down his trousers. (A tad contrived, but okay.) He makes his servant Tom get rid of every toad in his pond. It’s an impossible task since Dwight and Geoffrey Charles have such fun filling the pond with toads as Morwenna looks on forgetting that she may be wed to an odious toad. The writing was such that I continually thought I was watching a train wreck.
Ross received a letter from Aunt Agatha and raced to see her. Unaware that George and Elizabeth came back to Cornwall and were upstairs in bed eating strawberries, Ross snuck in Trenwith and checked in on Aunt Agatha who’s looking forward to her birthday. She will soon be the Poldark to live the longest . . . if George doesn’t kill her.
Dwight suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after his time imprisoned in France. It’s no wonder after all the suffering and violence he’s seen. Yet Caroline expects him to be as happy to be back as she’s happy to have him. So there’s a growing divide. Hugh Armitage seems to be coping much better and Ross brought him to talk to Dwight. It seems that Ross could have talked to Dwight, but I suppose Hugh needed to be introduced into the story. By the end of the episode, Dwight opened up to Caroline so hopefully they’ll be fine.
Tom, George’s servant, spies Morwenna swooning around Dwight when he tries to apprehend Dwight, but fails. Afraid to report back to George, Tom tattles on Morwenna so she can take the heat. George, who’s married up, won’t hear of his in-law marrying down or even fraternizing down. Just by spending time with Drake, Morwenna seems to have become “damaged goods.” She acts like she’s upset, but we can tell she’s relieved not to have to marry sleazy Osborne, whom Ross and Demelza saw exiting a brothel in the Red Light District of town.
George is all about vengeance and spite. A pettier character, I’ve never seen. He wants to punish Geoffrey Charles, for his wise remarks and even more for his part in the toad episode, so he’s sending him off to Harrow, a boarding school. Then they won’t need Morwenna, whom they’re going to send back home.
Now Demelza, who earlier told Morwenna to end it with Drake, sees that Osborne would make a slimy, sleazy, hypocritical reverend.
To get even with Drake for having feelings for Morwenna, George and Elizabeth accuse him of stealing Geoffrey Charles’ expensive Bible, which was a gift from the boy to Drake. Since the Bible was worth more than 40 shillings, Drake could be executed for the offense. Worse yet, George will preside as judge. Would George recuse himself since he’s the stepfather of the “victim”? Of course, not.
When things look darkest for Drake, for reasons that weren’t clear, off camera George puts the pressure on Morwenna. Apparently, the only way to save Drake from death is for Morwenna to marry Osborne. The last scene of the episode showed Drake, Ross and Demelza entering the church as Morwenna and Osborne coming down the aisle. Evidently, in Cornwall in this denomination, churches don’t need to publish bans. If they were, Demelza or Drake if no one else would have saved her from this horrible marriage.
Again the episode moved briskly and was packed with action and emotion. Writer Debra Hosfield knows what she’s about.
This storyline with Morwenna and Drake showed more romance and tenderness. Perhaps they wouldn’t have been so intimate, but in this series it seemed that since she saw herself as doomed, Morwenna let her guard down. There’s no reason for her to care about her social standing.