Rose is heartbroken and nearly hysterical when she receives a letter advising her that her fiancé, Sgt. Gregory Wilmot, has been killed in action. Hudson and the other servants try to calm her but to no avail. She now feels that any hope of improving her life and having her own household and family. Hazel Bellamy too is saddened by the news that her friend RFC flying ace Jack Dyson was killed in aerial combat in France. Hazel is very brave in not revealing her own loss and makes some inroad in calming Rose. James has come home on leave, clearly the worse for wear after the battle of the Somme. He questions the very reason they are fighting and now sees it all as futile. He writes out his thoughts and asks Hazel to have them published should he not return alive. In reading them, Hazel sees a new side to James and now has a greater respect for him.
Did You Know?
The Battle of the Somme, which is referred to several times, was fought between July 1, 1916 and November 18, 1916 and pitted French, British, and Dominion forces against German positions that had occupied that part of France for the past two years. The battle was in itself indecisive although it gave the British and French some tactical advantage and drove the Germans back 40 miles. The cost in human life is estimated at one million men. See more
[Concerning Daisy's clumsiness
One thing I'll say about Ruby, she may have been slow, but she cleaned things proper.
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
(as Banjo Paterson) (1895)
Music by Christine Macpherson based on an earlier folk bush ballad
Heard by diembodied voice at seance. See more