I was expecting we would all be off to London this week, but alas we were confined to the increasingly claustrophobic Sanditon. OK, there was some ‘liberty’ and Char and Georgiana were not the only ones taking it.
Anyway, back to the action, such as it was.
Char and Georgiana told Mrs Griffiths (who is looking a lot like Jane Austen herself, which I am not sure how I feel about) a bunch of fibs and went for a picnic, without maids. Who should pop out of the landscape but Georgie’s boyf, up from London. His name is Otis! Otis Molyneux.
Note: The writers may have named Otis in reference to James Otis (1725-1793), an American Patriot who is credited with the catchphrase: ‘taxation without representation is tyranny’ and who believed that fundamental freedoms, life, liberty and property, should be extended to black people.
Char put on her disapproving face and demanded he account for himself but all we learn is that he is ‘a merchant’ in London, has been granted his freedom from slavery and Sid doesn’t approve of him.
The picnic amongst the bluebells involved some light canoodling between the lovers. Char played the gooseberry.
‘Tongue?’ asked Char, ‘…or a little pork pie?’
For goodness sake, Andrew Davies!
Back in town the Terrace was not going well. Parker, still facing possible ruin, reneged on his promises to Young Stringer about employing more men and decided to buy the wife a costly pearl necklace instead, like you do. Actually, that is what people do. So 100 per cent for emotional accuracy, Andrew.
What of our Goth trio? Not looking good, I have to say. Devious minx Clara caught the incesty duo Edward and Esther up to no good and is using it to torment Esther. Clara let slip a snippet about her past, which involves an uncle in the night. My prediction: Clara inherits from Lady D and Edward marries her.
Then Sid discovered Otis was in town and banned him from going near ‘my ward’. When Char intervened and accused him of prejudice and being a slaver he shouted at her in public (in public!) and then handed her over to the care of Young Stringer to ‘take home’. Like she can’t walk? Anyway, they had a heart-to-heart on the beach and she told him, all casual like, that she wished all men could be like him. Sigh. Odds currently Sid (man with a past) 8-1, Young Stringer (man with a future) 3-1.
According to Sid, Char’s big idea, the Regatta, looks to be a non-starter, but Tom Parker’s an optimist. Prediction: Final scene of final episode will be full of boats and bunting.
Char’s hair: Dear Costume Department, I get you don’t like Regency hair but please stop it with Char’s long hair look!
Sanditon Town: am liking the strong mise en scène very much, dodgy CGI notwithstanding.
Question: If Otis is a merchant of any standing, why does he travel on the outside of the coach?
Otis went swimming but he was fully clothed, expensive boots and all, so zero (again). Another question: Do Esther’s very bare arms count?
Fidelity to the original
The moorings have been sledgehammered and we’ve found ourselves drifting in the doldrums.
New metric – Weather
Please remember that an English spring does not permit anyone to go swimming in unheated lakes and seas. Especially in Austenland, where even a short walk in the rain always results in double pneumonia.