Michael is told by June Forsyte in a somewhat casual way that Fleur and her younger brother Jon were once madly in love. Michael now feels that he was her second choice and that she ... See full summary »

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Michael is told by June Forsyte in a somewhat casual way that Fleur and her younger brother Jon were once madly in love. Michael now feels that he was her second choice and that she probably has no feelings for him. Michael asks Fleur if she wants him to leave and she says no, though their relationship takes a turn when she has news for him. Bicket and his wife get boxes of second hand clothes from Michael Mont and are thrilled at their unexpected good fortune. Victorine has her first nude sitting with Aubrey Greene, but her husband is unaware what she has been doing. At the insurance firm, Soames confides in Sir Lawrence Mont about the possibility that the manager, Elderson, may have been taking bribes. When Soames and Sir Lawrence Mont inform Edelson of the allegations, he instantly fires the clerk who reported the conversation he overheard but Soames is still uneasy about the situation. Written by garykmcd

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Afternoon of a Dryad - Personalities Emerge
31 January 2016 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

The fantastic story of eavesdropping that proves Soames' assumptions right occurs to take a more serious form. There will be winners and losers in the suspicions, there will be villains and heroes, such 'Gladstones and Disraelis' within the PPRS but, above all, the strong will appear to arouse disappointments and bring forth the confrontations. For whom is there any point in contemplating future? Whose is, actually, the final say? Indeed, as old Gradman points out: "one man's word against another's is a tricky business." And that is not only the case within the PPRS...

As much as may seem to revolve around the PPRS plot, "Afternoon of a Dryad" dramatized by Anthony Steven and directed by James Cellan Jones begins a chain of episodes that focus primarily on personalities' studies, some great and captivating insights.

Fleur (Susan Hampshire) not so much the center of attention for Wilfrid Desert (Robin Phillips) who leaves for his own goals is truly everything for two men where, unfortunately, the father's caring love struggles with husband's dedicated and sensual love. Michael and Soames begin to differ considerably. Michael, filled with youthful enthusiasm and as a husband who takes his duties seriously meets June who spills the beans about Fleur's affection to her cousin Jon (Martin Jarvis). Here we have another moment when the past haunts the present and no one seems to take any pains to let the bygones be bygones. That is too important. Meanwhile, Soames displays even greater care for his daughter's happiness. He is an old fashioned but more and more sympathetic chap. Fleur's happiness lies at his heart. At the same time, as being old fashioned and bound to his own rules, he appears to have a sense of duty.

How different it is with the younger generation and other artistic or very ambitious personalities for whom others are mere tools to achieve their goals. Unlike young Butterfield (Donald Gee) as a victim of exercising 'too much imagination on behalf of his scheming employer,' fired by Elderson but employed by soft hearted Michael who trusts in his persuasive tongue needed for selling books, Aubrey Greene (John Bailey) with his sense of the absurd provides himself with another object, promising means of profit. He paints the portrait of nude 'Miss Manuelli' Victorine Bicket, whom he will later describe as a 'delicious naked girl.' Much to the dismay of her husband, of course, who also badly wants to earn some money in order to leave for Australia. Thanks to Fleur's little dog Ting, Greene manages to make young Vicky smile and the painting occurs quite a sensation among a variety of viewers and connoisseurs. The gallery is filled with many people, including Tony Bicket...

Amidst much trouble, a viewer of this episode might pay attention to the 'calmest' of all characters, Sir Lawrence Mont. Once stating that 'anything splendid and fine is off,' he publishes a book DUET about Gladstone and Disraeli. Not only as an interesting note about the British history herein underlined (well analysed by Robert Blake) but the fact how, in the entire serial, fathers and sons do have something in common. So were old Jolyon and Jo, so were James and Soames, so were Roger and George, so are Lawrence and Michael. They both display a sense of dignity in action rather than conventions and words.

At the end of the episode, you might think: poor Bickets, poor simple people with their dreams yet too much of straightforwardness that does not suit to this world.

Great supporting performances by Aubrey Greene, Derek Francis, Donald Gee, Terry Scully and Geraldine Sherman.


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