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Tom W.

Sir Lancelot - a small note of thanks for running these well-chosen quotes each Sunday afternoon. The perfecgt run-up to the perfect Sunday night programming. Too bad Tulkinghorn is dead!

Campaspe

I've always found Skimpole the most wholly contempible character in the book.

Jim

Having just watched this scene, it confirms my impression that this work is vastly improved by eliminating Esther's first person narration.

Kit Stolz

Skimpole is hilarious...until you realize that others are paying dearly for his airy above-it-all attitude towards money. Apparently this characters was based on a friend of Dickens', Leigh Hunt, who after the book came out, never spoke to him again.

Lance

Tom,

Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I haven't watched the series from beginning to end yet, but I've been checking in. Dance is great as Tulkinghorn and it's too bad he has to leave the stage with so much more of the story left to tell. But I wonder if the producers didn't make a strategic error in placing his exit in episode 5 instead of say a third of the way into 6.

Jim, I had a friend in graduate school who made a very good case for Esther and her narrative style. I can't remember the particulars of my friend's argument but Esther has never bothered me as much since. Still, the story does stop dead way too often so that other characters can fawn over her and Esther can pretend not to understand what all the fuss is about.

C, hear hear, even Smallweed comes off better! And, Kit, Dickens said that Skimpole was the only character he ever drew straight from life and he swore he would never do it again.

Claire

Lance, I'm curious to hear your take on things once you catch up and watch the entire series. I think you may be right that they should have kept Tulkinghorn's death til later. I loved all the episodes but the final one. The last fifteen minutes felt like a mad dash to tie up loose ends.

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