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1970

4 Jan. 1970
Conflict
Fleur and Jon continue to see one another and believe they are very much in love. Their interest in their family's history, particularly the feud between their grandfathers and fathers continues to occupy much of their time but initially at least, they are unable to find out anything. Jolyon respects Irene wishes and tells Jon nothing, but June believes they have made the wrong decision. Michael Mont speaks to Soames about his interest in Fleur who is having his own marital difficulties at present. Jolyon is seeing a doctor and is keeping his medical condition a ...
 
11 Jan. 1970
To Let
Fleur meets Jon as scheduled at Holly's house and tells him that they must marry immediately or he risks losing 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 ...
 
18 Jan. 1970
A Family Wedding
Fleur Forsyte and Michael Mont are married - her mother is absent and still living in Paris - and for all that she was once madly in love with Jon, who has gone off to Canada and the United States and is unlikely to ever return, she seems reasonably contented. Two years later, they are still happy but have no children, which is of some concern to Soames and Michael's father, Sir Lawrence Mont. Fleur has an innocent flirtation with the poet Wilfrid Desert who is madly in love with her. As a result of his connection with the aristocratic Mont family, Soames joins the ...
 
25 Jan. 1970
The White Monkey
Wilfrid Desert tell Michael Mont that he is madly in love with Fleur and will take her away from him if the chance arises. Fleur tells her husband that he has nothing to worry about but she continues her flirtation with Wilfrid and seems to like the attention. Soames raises the issue of children with his daughter Fleur but she doesn't think there's any hurry. At the insurance company, Soames insists that they drop all foreign investments as he is convinced there will be a major downturn. He convinces the Board to withdraw from European investments given the uncertain ...
 
1 Feb. 1970
Afternoon of a Dryad
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....
 
8 Feb. 1970
No Retreat
Michael Mont gets a visit from an outraged Bicket who now knows that his wife has been posing in the nude as an artist's model. He's convinced that she had to have been doing more than just posing to earn enough for their move to Australia. Soames is vindicated somewhat when he receives a letter from the manager of the insurance society, Elderson, advising him that he has fled the country. Soames insists that they hold a shareholder meeting and reveal all, even though it may have serious repercussions. Not surprisingly, the shareholders are out for blood and both ...
 
15 Feb. 1970
A Silent Wooing
Jon now lives in North Carolina, and the beautiful Anne Wilmot is in love with him. He is a gentleman farmer growing peaches and his mother Irene is visiting. Anne's brother Francis expresses concern over Jon not publicly declaring his love for his sister and Irene tells him he was once hurt by a woman and that perhaps explains it. He needn't have worried as they are soon married. Francis Wilmot visits London and gets an invitation to stay with Fleur and Michael. The UK's first Labour government falls and Michael Mont faces re-election as a member of the Conservative ...
 
22 Feb. 1970
Action for Libel
Fleur's letters to her friends results in her being sued for libel by Marjorie Ferrar. Soames takes charge of the defense and he wants to settle the case out of court, without Fleur having to apologize. He lays the groundwork for a possible defense while also offering a compromise on the issue of the apology. The Tories win the general election and Michael Mont delivers his maiden speech in the House of Commons. He is verbally attacked by Sir Alexander MacGown, who happens to be one of Marjorie's lovers and is desperate to marry her. Michael hold his own and delivers ...
 
1 Mar. 1970
The Silver Spoon
Unable to negotiate a satisfactory settlement, the libel action against Fleur Mont goes to court. Soames has laid the groundwork for a successful defence and with an effective barrister, has every hope of succeeding. Once Marjorie Ferrar is on the stand, Soames' barrister is able to demonstrate that Fleur's statement that she is without morals is quite possibly correct. Marjorie's refusal to answer a key question from the witness box seems to doom her case. Michael Mont for his part thinks the strategy is flawed and believes they may have made Marjorie and her fiancé ...
 
8 Mar. 1970
Strike
Having lost her court case, Marjorie Ferrar turns to her grandfather to help settle her debts. He sets conditions however. With her court case case over, Fleur realizes that Michael's admonition was correct and they are now shunned by fashionable society. She desperately wants to leave London and go on a world tour but husband Michael feels that he cannot leave until the end of the Parliamentary session in five months time. Soames comes to her rescue. All three of them travel to Washington but when Soames sees Irene and Jon in the lobby, he withdraws. to the solitude ...
 
15 Mar. 1970
Afternoon at Ascot
Fleur and Jon meet again after 7 years when she stops in at her Aunt Winifred's, purportedly to check the strike's canteen accounts, but really to see him. She invites Winifred, Holly Dartie, Jon and his American wife Anne to lunch and then suggests an outing to Robin Hill. Anne feels the connection between Jon and Fleur and asks Irene to tell her the Forsyte family history. Michael gets involved in a major slum renovations project when his uncle, Rev. Hilary Charwell, arranges to buy an entire street. The only problem is that he has no money and he gets Michael to ...
 
22 Mar. 1970
Portrait of Fleur
Fleur goes to Harold Blade's studio for her portrait sitting but she sees Jon and Anne there as she too is having her portrait done. When she learns that Jon will also have his portrait painted, she arranges for them to both be there on the same day. Since her experience with running the strike canteen, Fleur has been looking for something substantive to do. She comes across the idea of opening a rest home for working girls to give them a rest and fresh air. Val's racehorse meanwhile is ill and Stainford says he knows why. Of course he wants payment so Val arranges ...
 
29 Mar. 1970
Swan Song
Fleur makes a point of seeing Jon at Harold Blade's studio and invites him to visit the rest house she's opened for working girls. She pours her heart out to him and breaks into tears but Jon knows that they musn't continue seeing one another. They both realize that they are playing with fire and when they again visit Robin Hill, they make love in the garden. Jon feels terribly guilty and wants to tell Anne but Fleur would be happy for them to keep it all to themselves and continue as lovers. Irene immediately senses what has happened between her son and his first ...
 

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