Belgravia really needed 7 or 8 episodes instead of 6. The pace of the first episodes was good, but they've lost a lot of detail in the last couple, trying to get it all in before the end. The tension in the book around the visit from Miss Sophia's former maid and the letters really built and didn't feel as much like a melodrama as it did by dealing with it all within one episode. And there's a lot more going on with Susan than is being explored in the series as well. Oh well, I'm still really enjoying seeing Belgravia brought to life. I'm going to miss it when it's done!
John is really in a pickle, isn't he? He was too indiscrete with his army contact. The man knows way too many particulars, including the fact that it involves a relation to John who died at Waterloo. Plus, he was very pleased with himself for his successful sleuthing. He's probably told all kinds of people already and gotten the speculation ball rolling.
I was glad to see James Trenchard finally agreeing to do the right thing, in allowing the Countess to recognize Charles Pope without mentioning Sophia, even though it would mean giving up access to his grandson. It was heartbreaking to see how much it would hurt Anne to lose that connection, but at least James didn't fight her on it.
It's odd to put myself in the mindset that it was "the right thing" to do, but in those days, if Sophia and Edmund truly had not been legally married, 100% of the shame would have been on her and her family. And it might have meant more than social ruin for the Trenchards. If James lost his job, did they have enough accumulated wealth to retire to Glanville and live with no income? No one of any consequence would have hired him or welcomed his investment after the scandal.