Arthur & George (2015): Season 1, Episode 2 - Episode #1.2 - full transcript

Finding a doll belonging to George's sister and dead birds at the shrine Arthur suspects that somebody is still persecuting the Edalji family but gets no help from the local police, especially churlish Sergeant Upton, a man with a grudge against the family since they once sacked his sister from a position as their maid. Then a letter is thrown through the vicarage window, recalling the supposedly accidental death of school-teacher Bostock. Another recipient of hate mail is blacksmith William Brookes, whose son Fred grew up with George. When he is found dead after a fire Upton claims it is another accident but Arthur believes otherwise, his investigation leading to a master criminal, Hayden price.

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Forgive me, Woodie. I blame myself.

It's only a bloody nose, sir.
I'm just sorry I didn't get to use the shovel.

We may get a cast of our man's boot print
come daybreak.

- Sir Arthur, what have you found?
- My doll.

- Where did you find her?
- In the woods.

God Satan has lurked in these parts all this time.

Hidden in plain view.

Sharpening his pen and his ripping knife.

Our visit has prompted fresh persecution.

- But there may yet be a benefit to that.
- What benefit could that be, Sir Arthur?

We've a fighting chance
of unmasking him, Reverend.



And, in so doing, exonerating your son.

George is innocent and I mean to prove it.

Let's go back in the house.

What does it mean?

Why would they take my doll
and return it so many years later?

Why would they leave dead birds on your lawn?

Why would they plague you
with letters of the foulest abuse?

Why would they butcher livestock
and lay the blame at your brother's feet?

Because they are cruel, pitiless...

...and very patient.

- But what made us their target?
- Maud.

That's a question
you're better placed to answer than I.

Who's there?

Your name.



- It's George.
- George?

- What brings you here?
- Common courtesy.

You're seeking to clear my name
and it was remiss of me

not to accompany you
and make the proper introductions.

I thought we agreed it wise you do neither.

- Strategically speaking.
- George?

George.

Mr Wood, I am heartily sorry
if I brought you into harm's way.

Nothing broken.

What do you make of it, Sir Arthur?

God Satan lives among you still.

But he may have mutated
into someone you trust and respect.

A valued member of your congregation even.

- God Satan does not resemble God Satan?
- As he wrote in his letters, did he not?

Why rear his head now?

After all, in the world's eyes,
I am the Wyrley Ripper.

I have bowled my first ball
and they have struck back hard,

- hoping it will be my last...
- Sir Arthur, we will miss the Birmingham train.

Hm. Yes, I suppose we will. Forgive me.

Sir Arthur, if I may be so bold.

You had your doubts before
but now you're struck

by the timing of his arrival
so soon after our violent intruder.

Compounding this, mud spattered his boots
and his trousers, as it does mine.

Conclusion - he's the man
I chased into the woods

- and the brute that bloodied your nose.
- Well?

Three things factor against it -

his poor eyesight, his limping gait...
and his honest face.

His face?

I heard him tell his story, Woodie,
and I believed it.

Every damn word.

And my lights might be dimmed
by the loss of Lady Doyle,

but I can still tell a good story from a bad one.

And a truth from a fiction.

Of course, Sir Arthur.

How's your head?

- Oh. Nothing a night's rest won't remedy.
- Good.

I want to make a small detour en route.

These were no acts of livestock theft.

Or youthful pranks gone awry.
Do take a seat.

Those animals were butchered...
and their genitals mutilated.

Their deaths slow and painful.

And a stain on the memory
of all who witnessed them.

Mm.

I'm still uncertain as to how
you alighted on George as a suspect.

The Chief Constable himself
pointed me in his direction.

Ah. Chief Constable Anson.

Second son of the second Earl of Lichfield.

Late of the Royal Artillery.
Chief Constable since 18... 88.

The same.

I'm sure he had a good reason
to point you in the direction of George Edalji.

The boy was a suspect in the first campaign
of letters sent to the vicar.

And what was the connection
between the letters and the rippings?

Some contained dead birds
and other animal parts.

Also the handwriting on the threatening letter
we received matched Edalji's.

Five years ago, there was a campaign
of letter-writing against the vicar.

- The Parsi?
- The Reverend Shapurji Edalji.

Pranks, hoaxes, petty thefts...

...and a few dead birds and rabbits.

At the time, I sensed it would grow
into something more serious.

Now it has.

But why was George suspected?

Local police received intelligence he was,
in common parlance, "not a right sort".

"Not a right sort"? That's not evidence, is it?

We had plenty of evidence
linking George Edalji to the rippings.

You refer to the horse hairs
recovered from his coat?

Principally. But by no means exclusively.

I do hope that's put your mind at rest, Sir Arthur.

If I could detain you a moment longer, I'd like
to hear how that evidence was recovered.

As you wish, Sir Arthur.

We visited the Edaljis
the morning after the crime.

George wasn't at home.

We believe whoever sent you
those letters five years ago

and left birds and rabbits on your lawn
has now raised their game.

I need to see all your son's clothing.
Without exception.

- This is all his clothing?
- Apart from what he has on.

What a queer thing to say.
We didn't think he went to work naked.

- I'll need to see his knife.
- His knife?

- Every young man has a knife.
- My son is a solicitor.

He does not whittle sticks.

Sir.

Those are mine.

- And your son, what does he shave with?
- He uses one of them.

- You don't trust him with razors of his own?
- He does not need a razor of his own.

Why should he not be allowed
razors of his own?

Or indeed a bedroom of his own.

Our living arrangements
are of no consequence.

- He was out last night, your son?
- Yes.

- How long for?
- An hour, an hour and a half.

I'll need to see his boots.

- These are wet.
- Sir.

- Damp.
- It was raining last night, sir.

- Who does this coat belong to?
- It's dry.

It's damp. Who does it belong to?

- George.
- It's just an old house coat. He never wears it.

I told you to show me
all your son's clothes without exception.

Look, Sergeant. A hair.

- And another.
- Let me see, Inspector.

- That's not a hair, it's a roving.
- A what?

A thread. A loose thread.
Anyone can see that who's sewn anything.

What do you think of these stains, Sergeant?

Saliva and blood, I'd wager.

As my wife told you, it's a housecoat.
He never goes out.

- Then why is it damp?
- It's not damp.

It's damp. And blood-stained.

And they're not threads but horse hairs.

And our Dr Butter will prove it.

Nasty cut, Mr Wood. Fresh.
What happened?

He collided with the train carriage door.

Man's an idiot. Refuses to wear spectacles.

It's total vanity, Inspector. Total vanity.

- Did we just lie to an officer of the law?
- Shh.

There are two aspects to this case
that I fail to understand.

The first...

Why did Chief Constable Anson
so dislike George Edalji?

Hm? Anson is a man of distinction.
What's the explanation?

- I'm not an investigator, Sir Arthur.
- Woodie.

If someone asks me a question,
I just look for the obvious answer.

And what would your obvious answer be?

The Chief Constable dislikes people
who are coloured.

Well, that lead is so obvious
that it can't be the case.

Whatever Anson's faults, he's an
English gentleman and a Chief Constable.

- I told you already. I'm not an investigator.
- All right. Let's not abandon hope quite so fast.

My next problem is the coat.

The police examined it at the vicarage
and said there were hairs on it

and the vicar's wife
said there were no hairs on it.

Police surgeon, Dr Butter,
testified he found nine hairs

similar in length, colour and structure
to those of a mutilated horse.

Are you saying the Edaljis perjured themselves
to protect George?

Well, that's clearly what the jury believed.

What if the hairs weren't on the coat?

- Then they must have got there afterwards.
- After what?

- After the clothing left the vicarage.
- Dr Butter put them there?

I don't know but the obvious answer
is they got there afterwards... somehow.

If so, then the police are lying.

Or some of the police.

- Hm.
- May I have our room keys, please?

Sir Arthur, I've heard you say
that once you eliminate the impossible,

then what is left must be the truth.

Not my own formulation, alas.

- No?
- No.

But one that I endorse wholeheartedly.
Continue.

I'm not sure that if I'd been on that jury
I might have found George Edalji guilty.

He was perfectly placed to steal his sister's doll.

George was in the photograph,
not in Maud's bedroom.

If George harboured ill will towards his sister,

it may explain why the vicar and George
shared a room

long after such an arrangement
could be considered normal.

- Just give me the key, for God's sake, Woodie.
- Yes, sir.

Good Lord!

Just a bird.

Ripped By mstoll

If this window was breached from the outside,
there'd be more glass.

This glass has been placed.

- There's something in its mouth.
- Let me see.

"Honoured Sir, we know it was Edalji
killed that horse and wrote those letters...

for it shall be proven that he is not a right sort.

There was no education to be got
at Wyrley School

when that swine Bostock was the teacher boss.

He got the bullet. Ha-ha."

They're sending us letters now.

Woodie. I want to pay a visit to Harry Bostock,
an old school friend of George's.

Bostock? Any relation to Bostock
who "got the bullet"?

Aye, his son.

The case against George was daft.
The police were daft.

And the notion of a gang flitting about after dark
under George's orders was the daftest of all.

- So you were at school with George?
- Yeah. When we were little 'uns.

My father taught us both.

And what was George like?

Clever. Cleverer than me,
and I was clever back then.

Not that you'd know it now.

Staring up the backside of a cow
does rub away at your intentions.

Did George have any enemies?

Anyone dislike him for his... colour, say?

Not as far as I can recall.

- But?
- When we were lads - I mean 11 or 12 -

there was some business
about a servant girl being sacked

by the vicar and not going quietly.

- And that business involved George, did it?
- I think so.

- You'd have to ask him.
- But overall he was liked, despite his race?

Put it this way, if he were disliked,

it were more for being clever.

To think, we all thought he was
thick as pigs' muck.

Father would ask him a question...

- This plus this...
...and he'd get it wrong.

...equals?
- Really wrong.

George.

Eleven and seven-eighths.

N... Nine.

- Harry.
- 12 and a half.

Correct.

Turned out it was his eyesight.

Father moved him up the front
and he never looked back.

Which gives us a grand total of?

- George?
- Eleven and three-quarters, sir.

Correct. Very good.

Hm.

Aside from George,
was there much talk in Wyrley

- about who might be the Ripper?
- There's always talk.

It's the same price as rain.

All I'd say is, it's got to be someone
who knows how to handle animals.

You can't just go to a horse or a cow and say,
"Hold still, my lovely, while I rip your guts out."

Quite.

In your opinion, how would George fare
if he were to milk one of your cows?

He'd be kicked to death. Or he'd fall
in the shit before he got his stool under her.

Ah, you see?

Will um... Will that be all, Sir Arthur?

Yes. Thank you very much, Harry. Thank you.

One more thing. Is your father
still the schoolmaster here?

No, sir.

- My father passed on eight years ago.
- Oh, I'm so sorry.

- Do you mind me asking how?
- Would you mind telling me why you're asking?

Forgive me. I'm sorry.

He... erm...

He fell to his death. Up at Rugeley Falls.

Erm... it was winter, so bone cold.
Ice under foot.

- What have you got there?
- They think his dog went over first

and that he was trying to rescue him.

He never saw his grandson.

What are you like?

George, I'd like you to tell me about
an incident with your servant girl.

Do you mean when I was a child?

- Yes.
- Who told you of this incident?

Uh... that's by the by. George?

Her name was Elizabeth Foster.

George, Elizabeth Foster complains
you look at her strangely.

- What does she mean, Father?
- What do you think she means?

Is it something sinful she means?

And if it was... what would that be?

My only sin, Father,
is that I'm hardly aware of her.

Though I know her to be
a part of God's creation.

I haven't spoken to her more than twice
on occasions where she's mislaid objects.

I have no reason to look at her.

No reason at all, George?

No reason at all, Father.

I was left with only one course of action.

- You dismissed her?
- Of course.

There was never any doubt in your mind
that your son was telling the truth?

- None whatsoever.
- And then her true nature came to light.

The day she was dismissed from our employ...

I didn't... I wasn't...

...she spat in my face.

Did you not consider that Elizabeth Foster
might be responsible?

Oh, many years had passed.

She had long since got married
and left the parish.

- Leaving no relatives?
- Only her half-brother.

Sergeant Upton.

Sergeant Upton?
Who persecuted and threatened you?

He's a vulgar and lazy man
but I can't credit that he's involved.

I agree.

Very good. Let's go and see if the daylight
has left us any clue to our intruder.

Hm. It's a pity. Too dry for shoe prints.

When Mr Holmes is investigating,
it's never too dry for shoe prints.

There would be an obligement of soft mud.

You think I tilt the playing field
in Holmes's favour?

On occasion... but it's more fun that way, isn't it?

Well, his legion of fans
certainly seem to think so, young lady.

- And Holmes isn't always right, anyway.
- True.

Er... in the Speckled Band, he asked Mrs
Hudson

to fetch hot coffee for a young lady
who was shivering.

But it is not cold that makes her shiver but fear.

- Hm. That's right.
- Er... Sir Arthur...

Much as I admire my parents...

I think they have an exaggerated respect
for authority, in general,

and Sergeant Upton in particular.

Well, I'm in agreement on the latter.

Upton is not just a thug,
he is cruel and devious

and he meant my brother ill from the start.

On your way to Cannock, eh?

- I... I beg your pardon?
- You heard what I said.

I only wondered why you asked,
because... this is not the way to Cannock.

- As we both know.
- As we both know.

As we both know.

What we both know
is that you know the way to Cannock

and I know the way to Cannock, and you've
been up to your little tricks in Cannock.

You've been into Cannock.
You've took the key to the school.

You've brought it home and you've put
it on your own front step. Didn't you?

- You're hurting me.
- Oh, no, I'm not. I'm not hurting you.

If you want Sergeant Upton to hurt you,
all you have to do is ask.

I'm going to be a solicitor.

Is that what you think?

A so-li-ci-tor.

What a big word for a little mongrel like you.

You think you'll be a solicitor
if Sergeant Upton says you won't?

So you believe that Upton targeted George
to avenge his sister's dismissal?

At the very least.

Maud, what can you tell us of Bostock,
the teacher?

Fell to his death while walking his dog.

- Poor man.
- Slipped and fell?

I've never heard of a more sinister explanation.
Have you?

Sir Arthur, do we really need to go
all the way to the top?

- Buck up, Woodie.
- Yes, sir.

"That swine Bostock was the teacher boss
but he got the bullet."

I'd assumed "the bullet"
was a euphemism for "dismissal".

- Not death.
- So would I.

What is it, Sir Arthur?

God.

Brookes the blacksmith.

He received messages too.

But this is not a message for him.

No, this is for us.

Mr Brookes? William Brookes?

My name's Arthur Conan Doyle.

I wonder if I could ask you some questions
about the goings on surrounding the rippings?

I understand from Reverend Edalji
that you had letters

from the same individual
that was plaguing his family.

Wouldn't know anything about that.

Ernest, just make yourself scarce.
I'm all right for the moment.

Mr Brookes, did you receive any letters or not?

Mr Brookes, it strikes me
that I'm in need of a boot scraper.

I'm very taken with this handsome brute.

- How much would a thing like that cost?
- Oh.

Let's see now...

Let's say ten shillings and sixpence, please, sir.

Ten shillings and sixpence, Woodie.

Right. So we were talking about these letters.

Not so much letters.
Crudely-written scraps of paper.

It was blackmail pure and simple.

Once you got past all that Satan gibberish.

Some nonsense about Fred
and another boy throwing stones

at a pregnant woman
outside Cannock Town Hall.

I was supposed to send money
if I wanted to keep him out of trouble.

- You did nothing about it?
- Of course not.

- Did you think about talking to the police?
- Not for a moment.

- Not for a tenth of a moment.
- I ignored it and it went away.

- Did you keep any of the letters?
- You must be joking.

So why do you think the blackmailer
targeted your son and George Edalji?

Did they have a common enemy at school, say?

They didn't go to the same school.

- What school did your son attend?
- Cannock.

Cannock School. Over the hill.

It's where we lived till I took on this place.

And might Fred have come across George
in the village?

Were they connected in any way at all?

It's been ten years now.
Better to ask my son.

- Does he live locally?
- Who? Fred? Nah. No. He's long left.

He's... er... in Birmingham.
On the canals. Working there.

Doesn't want to take on the shop.

Little bastard!

What did you think of today's work, Alfred?

To be perfectly honest, Sir Arthur,
I think we've made not much progress.

It's better than that. We've made
not much progress in several directions.

And we did need a boot scraper.

- No, we didn't. We've got one at Undershaw.
- Don't be a spoilsport.

In later years, we shall remember
this as the Edalji scraper.

Every time we wipe our boots on it,
we'll think of this adventure.

Look who it is, then.

- Please. Please, excuse me.
- You've got a nerve.

Showing your face around here.

George!

Sir Arthur. I must return to London.

Please accept my apologies.

I do greatly appreciate
all that you're doing for me.

- Very good. We shall meet again in London.
- Yes.

- And soon.
- Thank you, Sir Arthur.

Thanks, John.

- Are we still the subject of local interest?
- We are.

Hard to imagine George Edalji
growing up in a place like this, isn't it?

Yes. Suppose it is.

He's an admirable fellow...
with a lucid brain and a resilient character.

But if one merely looks at him...

Iooks at him with the eyes
of a dimwit village policeman

or a narrow-minded juror,
then you'd be hard pressed

to get beyond a dark skin
and an ocular peculiarity.

He would seem queer...
and then if queer things started happening,

what passes for logic
in an unenlightened village

would glibly ascribe those events to that person.

- Yes. Sir Arthur...
- When reason...

When reason, Woodie, gets left behind,

a man's virtues become faults.

Self-control presents as secretiveness.

And so a respectable lawyer,
bat blind and slight of physique,

becomes a degenerate
flitting through fields in the dead of night.

- It's so utterly topsy-turvy as to seem logical.
- Yes, Sir Arthur...

You must be Sergeant Upton.

And you must be Sherlock Holmes.

Oh. My mistake. He only exists in stories.

Yet here you are, large as life,
sticking your beak into constabulary business

and making a nuisance of yourselves.

Now, that's what I'd call "topsy-turvy".

Sergeant Upton, may I remind you...

What happened, Sir Arthur?
Tired of making up stories?

Has the well run dry?

What happened is a travesty of justice

in which you played a leading role

and which I am soon to expose
on the most public stage imaginable.

Where would that be, then? London?

Almost certainly.

Then why don't you go there
and get your stage ready?

If you hurry, you'll catch the four o'clock.

Did Inspector Campbell
forewarn you of my arrival?

No, I have my own sources, thank you.

Oh. Tell the inspector
we're making great strides.

Ernest? That you?

Ernest?

Ernest!

Oh!

Argh!

Oh, no.

Ernest!

Help me! Anybody! Please!

- Who's that?
- William Brookes the blacksmith, sir.

What?

Hi.

- William Brookes?
- It's awful.

I was just with him less than an hour ago.

All right. Stand back. Nothing to see.

- Was he well-liked in the village?
- Up to a point.

He was Cannock born and bred.
Not Wyrley.

So I see you missed the four o'clock.

Chief Inspector Campbell,
this man has been murdered.

And by the Wyrley Ripper.

If you're not going to contact
Chief Constable Anson and tell him,

- I'll do so myself.
- Willy Brookes murdered?

Oh, dear me. That's good.
That's very good.

Go and calm the wife, Sergeant.

By all accounts,
Brookes liked a drink and a smoke.

Usually at the same time.

So he takes a break after a hard day,

has a drink, lights his pipe, has another drink,

and falls asleep.

Whoosh.

Or is that too simple for you?

- No, it's too absurd.
- Careful.

Brookes received letters from the same
vile entity that persecuted the Edalji family.

Thank you, Sir Arthur.

If we need any more amateur speculation,
we will be in touch. Good day.

Those speculations will soon take the form
of a report in the Telegraph.

- I look forward to reading it.
- I doubt it.

This case has reeked of race prejudice
from the start.

Your professional future
might not be as you imagined it

- when I've finished with you.
- I'd guard against turning this into a vendetta.

Aye, you would.

Get these people out of here!

This is our doing. It's our meddling.

No, Woodie. This is tragic evidence
that we are getting near the truth.

A man is dead.

Yes, and we shall avenge his death
by unmasking the true Ripper.

This is no time to lose our nerve, Woodie.

Right, sir.

Look. This is burnt on this side here.

This has been put up against the door
to trap the poor man in.

These are lime barrels.

Lime.

Aye. He stood here
observing his grizzly handiwork.

God Satan is nothing if not stealthy.

An obligement of soft mud.

Boot prints of a man... who, for some reason,
put more weight on his right foot than his left.

- George Edalji...
- He's served his sentence, Woodie.

Why on earth would he seek me out
to clear his name if he was guilty?

I think his mother answered that question
rather eloquently.

- How?
- She said, "Now he is in a state of limbo.

The Law Society cannot readmit him
until the taint is washed from his name."

It's almost worse for him now
than when he was in prison.

May I speak frankly, sir?

I offer no guarantees.

When you first took this up...

...I was heartened by the effect it had
on your mood.

I was delighted, in fact.

The whole challenge seemed to
raise your spirits and invigorate you and...

Well, I... I just think it's time to go home now, sir.

But not until we've brought this
to the Inspector's attention.

We saw much death in Pretoria.

One occasion, following the Vet River north,

a Basuto came and told us
of an English soldier lying wounded

some two hours' journey into the veldt.

The wounded Englishman
turned out to be a dead Australian.

Short, muscular, with a yellow waxen face.

Bled to death from a stomach wound.

Set his pocket watch in front of him.

Must have watched his life tick away
with every minute.

A fair fight, open air and a good cause.

There's no better death.

Life should be more like that.

Perhaps you need a change of environment.

Why don't you ask Woodie
to arrange something?

A golfing tour? A spot of skiing?

Ooh. Woodie's already sent me to Coventry.

Then Woodie needs to remember
which side his bread is buttered.

He thinks me intemperate, corrupt
and beyond redemption.

Nonsense!

Right now, I'm not sure I'd go to war
to prove him wrong.

What does your instinct tell you?

My instinct tells me
that George Edalji is innocent.

But, effectively, I've only met him twice.

Then meet him again.

- See if your feelings have changed.
- On what pretext?

You're Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
and you're seeking to clear his name.

It's a surfeit of pretext, if you ask me.

You're a remarkable woman, Jean Leckie.

I have a drawer of your letters saying so.

I don't have long, do I?

No. Not too long.

- Once this Edalji business is behind...
- Arthur...

go and see him.

Mm.

You think this a fool's errand?

If the truth could be divined
by looking in a man's eyes,

the world would be a very different place.

- Whoa!
- There he is.

- Come on, Woodie.
- Just a moment, Sir Arthur.

Perhaps we might see where he's going?

A shilling to follow that carriage.

- Two if you can do it without being noticed.
- Walk on.

That's him. Right on time.

- Welcome, Mr Edalji.
- Good evening.

Come with me.

What is this place?

Turn right.

They've got guns.
Sir Arthur, we shouldn't be here.

Look. They're going. Now's our chance.

- Come on.
- Hang on, Sir Arthur.

- What? It was your idea.
- It was not my idea.

Mr Price.

It's Hayden Price. I thought he was
still residing at His Majesty's Pleasure.

- You know him?
- Only by reputation. And inspiration.

He's Moriarty.

Oi, you two! Where you going with them?

Leave them. You will help me here.

Hayden Price is the worst kind of criminal.

He's a murderer who's never wielded a knife
and a thief who's never stolen a ha' penny bit.

- Perhaps I got it wrong.
- What, Sir Arthur?

If this were a story,
I'd change the beginning or change the end

or try something else... but it's not.

And I'm not its author.

Come on.

Nice shot, Doyle!

And that is tea, gentlemen.

The bowlers had no secrets from you today.

Well, I was jousting for my lady.

I should have worn your ribbon in my cap.

- If I had a cap.
- Hm.

Hello. It's your sister and Willie.

So it is. Connie!

Good afternoon.

Connie!

Arthur, please.

Thank you.

Explain your rudeness today.

You know how Connie loves you...
and you know my enormous admiration for you.

How proud I am to say that Arthur Conan Doyle
is my brother-in-law.

Get to your point, Hornung.

- Your behaviour is compromising.
- To whom?

Your children. To your lady friend.

- To yourself.
- And what about the Marylebone Cricket Club,

the readers of my books
and the staff at Gamages Emporium?

Your involvement with Miss Leckie
pre-dated Lady Doyle's passing

- by some years.
- Define "involvement".

Only your popularity deterred the usual hints
in the gossip columns.

Now you must keep your end of the bargain.

A bargain I never struck.
Define "involvement".

Anyone can see that if you stroll around town
with a grin on your face

and your mistress by your side...

Jean Leckie is a woman of the utmost virtue
and our relationship was -

and remains - one of friendship.

You think me a liar
as well as a scoundrel now, do you?

I think, in these matters,
perception counts for more than reality.

- Then to hell with perception.
- If a man's discreet,

- society will allow him all the mistresses...
- For the last time,

Jean Leckie has never been my mistress.

Then why don't you marry her, for God's sake?

Choose a date and announce it in The Times.

Treat her with the respect and feeling
you expect us to and be done with it.

- Good evening.
- Sir Arthur!

Sir Arthur, Ma'am.

- Jean.
- Arthur.

I apologise for the lateness of the hour.

Erm...

I would like to ask for your hand in marriage.

- What is your answer?
- I didn't hear you ask me a question, Arthur.

Ah. Nor did I.

Will you marry me, Jean?

No.

No?

You've been to see your sister,
seeking an apology.

Judging by the look on your face,
you didn't get it.

You're not asking for my hand in marriage,
you're saying, "To hell with you all."

You're flouncing, Arthur.

- Flouncing?
- Don't blame Connie and Willie.

It's nothing to do with them.

Just as your busy bodying in Staffordshire
had scant to do with George Edalji.

Did you ever once ask yourself
why you took up his case?

Because I judged him to be innocent.

Because you judged yourself guilty
and in dire need of redemption.

Whoa. That's a rather tortured connection.

- After Louisa died, I visited you...
- Not to say melodramatic!

You were attempting to answer
your copious letters of condolence.

Attempting and failing.

Well, I doubt if many widowers
find that an easy task.

You found it an unbearable one.

What had you done to deserve
such heartfelt sympathy, you wondered.

- I confess to certain misgivings, yes.
- Misgivings?

You felt like a perfect hypocrite!

I think you're rather close
to overplaying your hand, my dear.

Two summers after we met,
we spent an afternoon in Regent's Park.

As we sat in the rose garden,

you said that you were thinking about your wife
at home in Undershaw.

Of her goodness and her patience
and her fortitude.

And yet you couldn't, hand on heart,
swear that you'd ever loved her.

You said you'd always loved her
as best you could.

But now she's gone...

...you're gripped by a fear, a horror...

...that she knew all along...

...and you can't forgive yourself.

How dare you presume to have knowledge
of my heart where Louisa is concerned?

Nothing I've said is presumed, Arthur.

Witnessed...

...experienced, endured
would be nearer the mark.

One day... One day,
I hope you'll make your peace with her.

Seven years.

Seven years and all I had to sustain me
were your snowdrops.

But it was plenty.

A feast.

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