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April 26, 2009


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Thank you sooo much for this wonderful clarification

Maybe Mrs. Clennam let everything go to rot on purpose, as a way to erase every bit of her husband’s legacy because she hated him so much for what he did, or his past with another woman, or whatever. Jealousy makes people do terrible things. Obviously she couldn’t erase Arthur but I don’t think it would be a stretch to say she was probably a terribly abusive woman to the boy Arthur. Just my two cents on the “why didn’t she keep up the house” question.

Thank you for your blog. The one thing I just can't figure out, is why Arthur's grandfather never left him a penny.

There is a section of the Chapter between Mrs. Clennam, Rigaud, Jeremiah and Affery where Mrs. Clennam talks about the pocket watch. It gets rather dense and I lost track of where we are in time during this explanation, thus it wasn't clear to me if Mrs. Clennam is talking about finding the pocket watch in the past or present day. Can anyone find this passage and take a crack at explaining it to me?

This is the passage I do not fully understand. If someone can please help me with it, I'd greatly appreciate it?

She laid her wrathful hand upon the watch on the table.

‘No! “Do not forget.” The initials of those words are within here now, and were within here then. I was appointed to find the old letter that referred to them, and that told me what they meant, and whose work they were, and why they were worked, lying with this watch in his secret drawer. But for that appointment there would have been no discovery. “Do not forget.” It spoke to me like a voice from an angry cloud. Do not forget the deadly sin, do not forget the appointed discovery, do not forget the appointed suffering. I did not forget. Was it my own wrong I remembered? Mine! I was but a servant and a minister. What power could I have over them, but that they were bound in the bonds of their sin, and delivered to me!’

More than forty years had passed over the grey head of this determined woman, since the time she recalled. More than forty years of strife and struggle with the whisper that, by whatever name she called her vindictive pride and rage, nothing through all eternity could change their nature. Yet, gone those more than forty years, and come this Nemesis now looking her in the face, she still abided by her old impiety—still reversed the order of Creation, and breathed her own breath into a clay image of her Creator. Verily, verily, travellers have seen many monstrous idols in many countries; but no human eyes have ever seen more daring, gross, and shocking images of the Divine nature than we creatures of the dust make in our own likenesses, of our own bad passions.

Michele, I take it to mean that she's talking about discovering it in the past.

So I’m not the only one to stream LD in these unprecedented times, I see. ;)
Thanks for the blog. I’ve watched LD before and as a fan of Davies & cast, I was thrilled to rewatch. I’m lowkey relieved, however, to see so many people discussing Pet, Henry & Junior’s fate as well as Amy & Arthur’s links. I’m cool with people fading into death at the drop of a hat, but the economics are troubling.

I wanna know:

What did “set it right” and “do not forget” mean? Just give Amy her money?
How come Arthur gets nothing from Grandpa Gilbert?
How the hell did Flauntwantch survive?
Does Pancks end in Mashalsea?
How and when and by whose hand does Casby get taken down?
Does the Italian dear Rigaud/Blandois for basically no reason?
Where is the woman to heal sweet John Chivery’s heart?
And is there anyone in literature better at naming characters than Charlie Dickens?

It's been 8 years since the last comment and 12 years since the series aired - but if anyone is still checking this, can you explain who Blandois/Rigaud stabbed in order to get the box containing Mrs. Clennam's secrets?? I'm surprised no one seems to be talking about this. It looked like he stabbed Flintwinch, and then Rigaud was quite shocked to see Flintwinch alive later at the house, but as far as I saw they never have any explanation. I was eagerly awaiting some reveal of a twin brother who sometimes took his place but no such reveal came. Since no one else seems to be talking about it I'm starting to think I hallucinated the whole scene. Haha. Well if someone is around to answer, I'd appreciate it!

There is a twin brother, Alex. It's been a while since I watched the miniseries (I've actually been thinking of a rewatch), but I thought they did explain that. Could you have missed a scene, perhaps?

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