It's December 1905 and the Bellamys receive an unexpected guest in the form of Baron Klaus von Rimmer who had met Elizabeth briefly while she was in Germany. He is charming and debonair and Elizabeth, who has just rejected a Scottish suitor, is slow to come around to him. Lady Marjorie is so enchanted by him that she invites him to be their guest for the remainder of his stay in London. He claims to be there to work in his family's bank but that doesn't fool Richard. The Baron eventually admits to being an arms dealer who wants to sell a new naval gun mount to the British. Richard realizes exactly what he's up to - especially after the Baron offers him a bribe. He manages to slip away but not before Rose sees him in bed with one of the servants.Written by
A German Baron tries to trick Richard in international espionage
A homosexual or bisexual German baron gains entry to the Bellamy household, endears himself to Elizabeth, and finally makes off with Alfred. His goal: to gain access to British naval secrets.Richard and a colleague were astute, however, and perceived the plot in time. Richard was overheard speaking to Hudson by Alfred giving the Baron and Alfred time to make an escape before being arrested. There is a good deal of intrigue and interest in the main plot and various sub-plots. My major objection to this story is that, though it reflected attitudes towards homosexuals at the time, it is rather caustic and insulting. Nevertheless, it is a period piece, and portrays genuine feelings held in those days. This must be taken with a grain of salt by modern viewers, who are or should be, more tolerant. The same is true in other episodes when there are rather nasty comments about Jews.
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