rebecca dewinter October 28, 2017 Share October 28, 2017 Okay, so every period drama has some things that are ahead of its time. Obviously we don't really want to see characters living with 18th century hygiene, etc. but some of these things are super relevant to the plot. 1. The very idea that Ross could divorce Demelza and choose Elizabeth, which is apparently treated as a serious possibility by all the characters. Elizabeth, Demelza, Ross and Aunt Agatha all view his decision as if it's a simple love triangle "who will he choose", and literally no one even brings up the fact that divorce is nearly impossible at this time unless you're super rich and are willing to risk social derision (not to mention airing your dirty laundry in public to obtain an act of parliament). The idea that Elizabeth would hope for this outcome is also weird as hell given how much emphasis she puts on Geoffrey Charles's future - either option of marrying Ross after he somehow manages to divorce his wife or living with him without marriage would've ruined their family reputation. 2. I'm not a book reader so I don't know whether this is a show only thing, but Demelza banishing Ross to the couch, considering a revenge fuck, threatening to take their son away (legally she has no rights to do so) and pontificating about not wanting to be second best are so out-of-this-world anachronistic to me. Felt like a 90s sitcom honestly. Hello? Marriage in the 18th century was mostly a contract to secure yourself and your future. I guess, refusing sexual relations and female adultery were some of the few grounds for divorce back then so maybe she was trying to push Ross to a decision? Why does no one even bring up the fact that laws at the time would not have been favorable? 3. Caroline inheriting her fortune/estate. Is this addressed in the books? Cause in Pride & Prejudice and Downton Abbey, they're literally scouring the earth for distant male cousins to inherit. I find it hard to believe there is not a single male relative in the Penvenen family. Did the whole family die in a fire leaving only Ray and Caroline? 4. The laxness in regards to inter-class romance and marriage. Most literature of that time that involves romance of people between different stations are mostly about money, yet both members are typically gentility. People give George and Elizabeth shit for being so adamantly against Drake and Morwenna but that's just how things are. The closest comparison I guess is Sybill running off with the chauffeur on Downton Abbey but that was post-WWI when the class structure was crumbling. 1 Link to comment
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