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Jenny Fraser Murray (Laura Donnelly) unwrapping books from Paris, looking forward to reading them (Outlander 2:8, “Fox’s Lair,”adapted from Dragonfly in Amber) Francis Poldark (Kyle Soller) turning from harvest festival to see Ross and Demelza have come to join him, his family and tenants (Poldark 2:3, adapted from Jeremy Poldark) one must distrust the almost-the-same […]

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Waterfalls in Cornwall Friends, I sometimes use my blogs for thinking out a paper, a class, a book, and that’s what I’m doing here. How to account for the quality and vision of the once again famous Poldark novels would be the goal of this book. Lacking the lifeblood of most literary (and other kinds […]

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First editions — 1945 and 1946 bookjacket cover illustrations Friends and readers, Last night I was one in a sold-out auditorium in the Smithsonian Ripley Center come to listen to Julie Anne Taddeo speak interestingly and entertainingly on the “World of Poldark: Historical Realities and Fantasies of Georgian England.” I write this blog to share […]

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Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark brooding (near the opening, early still after the prologue) Elinor Tomlinson as Demelza Poldark (near opening &c), singing, troubled All we know is this moment, and this moment, Ross, we are alive! We are. We are. The past is over, gone. What is to come doesn’t exist yet. That’s tomorrow! […]

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Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark (Episode 1, after prologue) Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza singing (also Episode 1) Of course there has to be an end. Of course. For that is what everyone has faced since the world began. And that is — what do you call it — intolerable. It’s intolerable! So you must not […]

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Small still from 1977 Poldark, Episode 8: Hugh Armitage and Demelza Poldark becoming lovers in the marginalized rural landscape by the sea of Cornwall Friends, I noticed tonight many hits on my blogs and essays on the Poldark novels, especially those which provided the equivalent episodes of the older 1970s Poldark to the one aired […]

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Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) singing, after Christmas dinner (2015 Poldark, episode 4) Someone — a Latin poet — had defined eternity as no more than this: to hold and possess the whole fullness of life in one moment, here and now, past and present and to come — last chapter of Ross Poldark) Friends and readers […]

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She will have a headstone (Ross and Demelza, Aidan Turner, Elinor Tomlinson, Poldark 2017, Episode 8) Warleggan harassing, destroying Drake’s business (Sam telling Ross, David Delve, Robin Ellis, Poldark 1977, Episode 8) Dear friends and readers, It’s been too long since I lasted posted on the 3rd season of the new Poldark compared to its […]

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Agatha Poldark: this is from one of her earnest conversations with Ross; but she has the same expression when she urges Morwenna that she cannot marry Drake (2015 Episode 6) Agatha now near death, muttering, asking Elizabeth’s now frightened forgiveness because she knows she should not have responded to George’s tormenting of her with tormenting […]

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Episode 4 again emphasizes Demelza’s self-reliance: she is shown to give birth with just Prudie’s help (Eleanor Tomlinson, Beatie Edney) — this is one of Horsfield’s additions Episode 5 ends in moving funeral for Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth — another actor who will be missed), with again the emphasis on the group, the community, here […]

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