Daniel launches a poetry competition in his paper. Ruby Pratt, jealous of her sister Pearl's doting on their young lodger, puts it about that the contest is rigged and Laura, as Daniel's girl-friend, is set to win it. Laura withdraws from the contest but, after she has had a lace-making lesson and heart-to-heart with Queenie, Ruby feels guilty and urges Laura to re-enter, at the same time reconciling with Pearl,though the prize is won by Emma after Laura has entered one of her mother's old poems. Dorcas and Laura find, hidden in a book, a letter from Gabriel's late wife to her lover, claiming that she only got married for material gain and does not love her husband. They agree to keep it from him, although he is aware that there is another man who regularly puts flowers on the woman's grave.- Written by don @ minifie-1
Local journalist Daniel Parish's newspaper holds an annual poetry competition, which arouses ample attention in Candleford, mainly from romantic females, who literally queue up to enter poems. Daniel devises an anonymous judging system, with a single mystery expert. Gabriel Cochrane, meanwhile, declines wages from his host but gets her permission to use the foundry after hours for his own passion and ambition, machine-building.- Written by KGF Vissers
Daniel Parish announces a poetry competition for the Candleford Gazette and several people plan on entering their own compositions. Laura Timmins and Pearl Pratt certainly will and Minnie is trying to get Alf to write a new song with her name in it. A bitter Ruby Pratt begins rumors that the competition results have already been decided in Laura's favor. Ruby has not been very happy since her return and refuses to even accept letters from her former gentleman friend. Queenie feels that time is passing her by when no one will buy her handmade lace in favor of cheaper machine made lace. Dorcas learns a secret about Gabriel Cochrane's wife.- Written by garykmcd
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