ugh, how depressing. I like (sarcastic, of course) how all these upper-crust Brits would rather an elderly man be beaten for thefts he did not commit, and hang for a murder he didn't do, rather than "dishonor" the lordly abusive con man, When Will's mother chickened out of going to the police, why didn't they at least get a written statement from her? Since (I presume) Will's father didn't write a confession, does this mean Eli really is off the hook or will the police just continue to pick on the lowest class person to save face? I'm not sure if the estate is entailed or what the debts are, but I would love it if Will sells it all and gives all the proceeds tot he long-suffering staff.
I understand how hurt Leonard is, but I feel like he's been going through a major character assassination here. I always thought that he was sweet and kind - I guess not any more. He didn't even give Will a chance to explain himself before turning him in. And while I understand exactly why his words triggered that response from Will, I don't see any way that Will can come back from this. Maybe they need to clean house completely in the vicarage (except for Dickens, of course), with some new priests and a new housekeeper.
Glad they didn't drag out the Cathy "affair" thing, and I admire her for being open about it, especially that it's her right to determine what, if any, action to take. I guess it probably would have been out of character for the times for her to talk with Geordie about how to handle it going forward.