Meanwhile, he writes a letter to Eleanor, letting her know her father can have the warden position. Proving he’s still equal parts creepy and ingratiating, he starts one paragraph talking about how he misses her sweet son and then works in a slightly racy (for Victorian times) reference to the rustling of her long silk dresses when she’s wrangling the whippersnapper. Ooh lah lah.
She receives the letter at the Grantlys’ home, and as you might expect, it causes utter chaos.
Though they do let Eleanor read her letter–isn’t the fact that it’s even up for debate a bunch of patronizing shit?–her sister still confronts her about it.
Eleanor shares the happy news about the warden post with her dad, who has some problems, understandably, with the way the news was related to him–specifically the fact that Slope refused to tell him face-to-face.
Because Grantly is Grantly, he calls a formal meeting between himself and Eleanor to confront her about corresponding with Slope.
Grantly is pretty obnoxious in this scene, but I will give him credit for being the only person in the family who comes out and mentions what they’re all terrified of–a Slope/Eleanor wedding. It’s still a shitty thing to do, but if they’re going to fight about it, they might as well both be clear on what the argument is about.
Eleanor’s not really feeling the love for his honesty, though.
Before she leaves, Arabin the Bore has some things to say.
Eleanor is not impressed. In fact, she’s pretty angry that he and Grantly have been discussing her possible relationship with Slope behind her back.
The ending scene with Arabin seemed an off-note in an otherwise excellent episode, mainly because it gives the impression she had been interested in him until she found out he’d been talking about her with Grantly. But the previous dinner scene with the two of them never suggested that he was interesting or that she was unduly taken with him. I can’t figure out if some of his scenes were omitted, but even if they were, he just doesn’t conjure up much charisma in either of his appearances. But whatever–this episode still gave us some scenes that were absolute gems.
Best Line: “Today I have been modestly and moderately triumphant.”
Best face–Anything from that scene with the Signora. So many good ones. But I think this one is my favorite.
Next time: “Episode 6”