Dorcas Lane arranges for Patty, a young woman from the workhouse, to work as a housekeeper for Old and Young Amos. She is an honest and hard worker who found herself in the workhouse ... See full summary »

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Dorcas Lane arranges for Patty, a young woman from the workhouse, to work as a housekeeper for Old and Young Amos. She is an honest and hard worker who found herself in the workhouse through no fault of her own, but that doesn't stop the village gossips from having their say. Problems do arise when both Amoses decide that they want to marry her. When the residents of Lark Rise decide to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Sir Timothy Midwinter's family presiding over the area, his wife, Lady Adelaide, is not sure she wants to participate. His asking Dorcas to take her place changes her mind. Politics also enter into the celebration when Laura's father refuses to let his children sing a Tory marching song, putting him into conflict with the Reverend Ellison. Written by garykmcd

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Capitulations
21 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Dorcas steps in when a new maid comes between Old Amos and Young Amos. Meanwhile, due to political reasons, Laura's father refuses to let her siblings sing a certain song at the church concert. And Sir Timothy asks Dorcas to appear with him at the concert when his wife refuses.

First, I didn't think Patty the maid would really have been the object of affection for both Amoses, since she didn't exactly have romantic chemistry with the younger one (though we were supposed to believe she did). But I can see how it made for more compelling drama if the two men were swooning over her and it threw things off balance in their house.

I love the two sisters who run the clothing store, Ruby & Pearl. They're so catty and unlikable-- which makes me love to hate them. Great actresses, who make mean dialogue so much fun.

Laura has considerably less screen time here than she had in the first two episodes. So though she is the central character, this is truly an ensemble drama. I thought Laura's father would at least set aside his political differences and turn out for the concert, since he seems to respect Sir Timothy on some level.

Dorcas' unusual relationship with the very married squire is fascinating to watch. She has these great little capitulations, and he almost openly pursues her in front of the villagers. Sir Timothy is definitely my favorite male character in the story. Looking ahead, I see he's written out after the tenth episode-- so I will enjoy him while he's still prominent in the action. His wife is such a selfish woman, you can't help but root for Dorcas.


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