Fleur meets Jon as scheduled at Holly's house and tells him that they must marry immediately or he risks lose her. She is convinced their families will never approve and his hesitation ... See full summary »

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Fleur meets Jon as scheduled at Holly's house and tells him that they must marry immediately or he risks lose her. She is convinced their families will never approve and his hesitation leads her to accuse him of not loving her. She doesn't have all of the facts of the family history - she thinks her father Soames and Irene were once engaged but she married Jolyon instead - and is convinced their families will stop them if they go through the normal process of a long engagement and getting their permission and so on. It leads Jon to tell his parents they are engaged and Jolyon, with Irene's permission, tells him the whole sordid tale. Jon is shocked and tells Fleur there is no future for them. Soames is having his own problems when his wife tells him that she is going to Paris to visit her mother, indefinitely. Written by garykmcd

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11 January 1970 (USA)  »

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To Get
6 December 2015 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

1918...the episode opens with Eton and Harrow play cricket at Lord's, the "resurrection of England's pride and glory," (Jo's narration) - a very optimistic prospect for future, for events to come. Its title "To Let," derived from the last novel of Galsworthy's first trilogy, surely appears to lead to a more sentimental flair to the whole content. Paradoxically, though, to 'let' the ancient feud be forgotten results in an attempt to 'get' a moody form with one of the most serious losses...

The primary emphasis appears to be drawn again to the couple in love, Jon (Martin Jarvis) and Fleur (Susan Hampshire), who occur to have it all slightly at odds. There comes time, finally, when somebody has to put an end to the whole thing of an unexpected pairing for these Forsytes. Michael Mont (Nicholas Pennell), not long ago labeled as 'idiot' is, after all, a gentleman worthy of his dearest girl. It remains to be just a matter of time until Fleur runs into his arms...

The dramatic tension belongs not so much to the youth but to Soames. Episode 15 provokes a very interesting and a slightly different study of this character. As much as we can call the dying uncle Nicholas the last of the old Forsytes, Soames still embodies its spirit and follows its values to the very letter. Meanwhile, as stubborn and 'typical' as he may seem, he appears to undergo an inner change and some seeds of doubt about the family principles are being planted in his mind. On the one hand, he could accept certain people who embody, as he later calls, the 'symptoms of the age' (here I refer to Jack Cardigan (Richard Armour) and Prosper Profond (Christopher Benjamin); on the other hand, he cannot quite give a satisfactory answer to his sister Winifred's question: "What do you think of people these days?" As simple as it may seem, it is worth considering this aging man who suddenly realizes that he is becoming more and more a recluse to this reality.

This aspect of growing loss, psychological gap will be developed at multiple levels in episodes that follow. But that is the first important 'loss' herein depicted: Annette, his wife, leaving for Paris to live with her mother. For the dramatic reasons, certain liberties are taken with the literary source and Annette really dares utter her 'hail and farewell' to the Forsytes for good. Yet, Soames does not wait for events to come, he, as a true Forsyte, never 'falls asleep.' Consider his statement "Society is built on marriage and its consequences." To let those consequences become slightly less painful, he breaks himself to come to Irene and offer her reconciliation...in vain... But it is not yet the time our compassion is with him. Our compassion is truly elsewhere

It is with the most 'unselfish person' among the Forsytes, who has been with us from the very beginning, Jo (Kenneth More). These are, unfortunately, his last moments, it is his decline. Too soon... At Robin Hill designed by the wild Buccaneer, an oasis of a refreshing spirit, the place where his father experienced his own 'Indian summer,' Jo desperately tries to hold on as long as he can. Here, we not only see his absolutely different relations to his children, namely Jon (Martin Jarvis), the more open minded, tolerant attitudes, Kenneth More delivers some of his finest moments of the series highlighting, at the same time, an unforgettable farewell. The key scene is the conversation with his son, Jon aimed at explaining his own animosities against Jon's possible marriage with Fleur. This is a tough conversation about the difficult past, about his mother's suffering, about the shrewdness of the Forsytes that has always embarrassed him and, primarily, about the 'mysterious' feud that took place in the family.

Above it all, what emerges is, mind you, a deep respect of a father to his son which instills understanding and right decisions afterward. We could say that while Martin Jarvis embodies the rebel of youth, Kenneth More a dignified attitude of an elderly man. It ends with a remarkable line: "I hope you are right." Followed by a scene of Jo's disastrous heart attack, short of any exaggerated sentimentality, concludes to the feeling of 'loss' most powerfully and most memorably. It is, actually, the episode when a certain phase, an important period is gone with Jo.

But, the Forsytes' story goes on and decisions rest with the younger generation. Some hardly change, some stand before the unexpected surprises ahead of them... just let...just get...


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