It's now October 1906 and Lady Marjorie is away leaving Richard Bellamy home alone. He's working on a book but when he sees one of the new servants, Mary, crying he insists that she tell him what is wrong. She's only been at 165 Eaton Place for three months but prior to her arrival her former employer's son, Myles Radford, forced himself on her and she is now pregnant. Richard knows the Radfords and is shocked by what he hears, but when young Myles dismisses his request that he do the right thing, Richard foolishly writes a letter and is threatened with legal action. The family's solicitor, Sir Geoffrey Dillon, soon takes charge of the situation but the successful resolution of Richard's predicament will not be in Mary's favor. Written by
I thought that Richard's decency really comes out here. This episode touches on the social atmosphere, especially, the status of servants. Mary is blamed for something that was not her fault; the person who was responsible gets off because of his position; Richard is almost in trouble because of his attempts to help this servant; I enjoyed Sir Geoffrey's very realistic approach. His cynicism regarding the law shows him to be a realist--and his willingness to accept the status quo, reveals him to be a snob (which he is willing to admit). It also shows Hudson's ability to be sympathetic, and Roberts, to be intolerant. The other servants showed their compassion as well. Mary's refusal to take Richard's money is unrealistic, and considering the reality, foolish, but shows her to be a person of good character. Brilliant acting, wonderful production.
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