As you probably have already guessed, I am rewatching and recapping Poldark. This romantic saga follows Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) as he loses his fiancée, the well-bred beauty, Elizabeth (Jill Townsend), to his cousin Francis (Clive Francis). Ross ends up marrying his servant, the unlikely-looking Demelza (Angharad Rees), but his passion for Elizabeth simmers on for years. Set in late 18th century Cornwall, the plot follows Ross Poldark’s attempts to make his derelict tin mines a success.
Ross Poldark, limping and scarred, returns from the American war toCornwall after a daring escape from a French prison camp.
His father is dead and his fortune is long gone. His relatives apart from his cousin Verity are annoyed to find out that he is not dead after all, because that spoils their plans.
His mercenary uncle has committed to selling the family copper and tin mines to a ruthless local land baron and he is to afraid of him to stand up and protect his own family interests. So he tries his utmost to pressure Ross to sell the mines. Apparently those misfortunes weren’t enough and soon Roos finds out that his former fiancée, the fragile and totally uniteresting ELizabeth, has agreed to marry his cousin, Francis, in his absence.
Robin Ellis makes an excellent job at portraining Captain Ross Poldark. He is really amazing from start to finish and you can definately see his passion for Elizabeth boiling up. He is almost abusive with her, when he finds out that she engaged to be married to his cousin, but it is kind of understandable and there is nothing really extreme. You can see that he loves her too much to heart her. Plus he doesn’t seem to be the abusive kind, he has too much kindness and justicw in him to do that.
I seriously cannot see why he is so much in love with ELizabeth, since she seems totally flat and uninteresting to me, but well who knows what is going on in his mind and heart. Robin Ellis plays the man in love to perfection. He is passionate but he doesn’t overdo it.
Francis, in the beginning, seems genuinly happy that Ross is alive, however his father (the despicable uncle) reminds him that they are rivals for Elizabeth’s heart and hand and he becomes cold and distant. However, he agrees to go with Ross to inspect the mines, to see if there is anything of value.
Verity, the only one who really seems to care about Ross, tries to warn him that Elizabeth will never give up her brother , but unfortunately he doesn’t listen to her. He tries to convince the cold blooded lady (Elizabeth) that she doesn’t have to marry his cousin just because her parents are in debt and that he can help them out (with the loan that he managed to obtain in order to work the mines), but she turns him down, because she prefers the safety that Francis will give her than the dark passion of Ross. Seriously what a miserable way to live. I mean it is pretty obvious that she is in love with Ross and he loves her with everything he has. Plus he is a capable, good man that is not afraid of hard work and that he will do anything for her. Still she prefers the bloodless and lifeless Francis. And that is definately no way to live.
The first part ends with Elizabeths marriage and the big question What is going to happen now? Ross has lost his girl to his worthless cousin. His uncle has balckmailed him in order to pay his fathers debt, which means that Ross hasn’t enough money to make the mine profitable again.
What is going to happen next?