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- The Four Swans (Poldark, #6) by Winston Graham
The door came open. Only Clowance stood there. She had become a stout little girl this year. Her great good health and contentment had given her a face with fat cheeks and arms with fat wrists, and the shape of her face was as broad at it was long. Her fair hair curled about her shoulders and a sort of fringe had grown unchallenged and stood out from her forehead.
She was wearing a long white flannel nightgown. The door from the kitchen opened and Betsy Maria came out. Demelza had turned quickly and was hiding her face by letting her hair fall about it as she bent over Ross's glass. Stay with her till then. Demelza wiped her eyes again and gulped some of Ross's drink. Ross picked up her ruined slippers and dropped them in the children's basket, took up her cloak a second time, folded it.
It was not an instinct of tidiness. This crept on me unawares. I never thought - you must know I never thought I am so sad. For - for all things. Sit down here a minute and tell me. I tell you, it came on me unawares. It was the last thing I ever sought. Now my heart feels broken But not in the way - not like at Julia's death.
Now I weep tears, tears, tears, for so much youth and love buried into the ground When Julia died I had no tears. They were internal - like blood. Now - now they stream down my face like rain - like rain that I cannot stop. Oh, Ross, will you not hold me? These - these are not the tears of a penitent - I may have reason to be penitent - but this is not that. I cry - it sounds silly - I weep for Hugh and - and for myself - and for - for the whole world. They sat for a while, crouched in an awkward attitude that neither noticed. Now and then he would free a hand to thrust it impatiently across his own nose and eyes.
After a long time he said: But first I must wash my face. Perhaps it's a mistake to forget. All I know is that I love you. I suppose that's all that really matters. May 28, Lisazj1 rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 4 comments. Well this ending didn't scare me as much as I thought it would! Ross really seems to be growing up!
Demelza makes a mistake in this book, but Ross, maybe realizing he shouldn't throw stones, deals with it much more maturely than I would have thought. It might take awhile for them to get to that point, but it happens wh Well this ending didn't scare me as much as I thought it would!
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It might take awhile for them to get to that point, but it happens when they are ready and can have clearer heads. I also love that Ross gave demelza the space she needed without making any demands. All the years Ross loved Elizabeth, demelza always let him be and knew he would either find a way to make their life together work, or he wouldn't. She never pressured him into making a choice one way or the other. So I appreciated that however wrong demelza was just as Ross once was , he still didn't pressure her either. And I have to say a part of me did enjoy seeing Ross suffer the way Dem did all those years and he finally got to see what it's like for the shoe to be on the other foot.
It's not so nice when a love, old or new, comes between a marriage is it? Jan 10, Karen rated it really liked it. Winston Graham really does an excellent job of developing his characters. I see why this series was so popular in Britian. Book 1 was written in , this book 6 was written in The main character, Ross Poldark, goes thru a time of depression and the author says it so well in one of the most profound things I have ever read.. People, countless thousands, were hatched upon the earth like maggots every d Winston Graham really does an excellent job of developing his characters.
People, countless thousands, were hatched upon the earth like maggots every day: On to Book May 07, D. As much as I enjoy Graham's writing, the whole side-story of Ossie and Morwenna really could have been left out, or at least greatly reduced. Shocking turn of events as Morwenna stands up to Ossie and tells him how things are going to be. Near the end of the book her sister Rowella is called "Rowena" which threw me for a minute.
It was good to see George start to feel the effects of his backstabbing and ruthless social climbing. This is a character with no redeeming qualities in the As much as I enjoy Graham's writing, the whole side-story of Ossie and Morwenna really could have been left out, or at least greatly reduced. This is a character with no redeeming qualities in the books.
He's not quite as horrible in the new show. Elizabeth is as vapid and frosty as ever. She's another character whose storyline is largely departed from in the show. There's not much to like about her in the books. In this sixth book of the Poldark Saga, the four swans are four women whose lives touch Ross: Demelza, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Morwenna. For a man that often seems to be rather ignorant of love beyond his past pining for Elizabeth, Ross has a remarkable romantic streak for the lives and relationships of others!
This story perhaps falls more in the "romance" genre than the others as numerous men reconcile themselves to loves they cannot have--Demelza's brothers Sam and Drake and the besotted Hug In this sixth book of the Poldark Saga, the four swans are four women whose lives touch Ross: This story perhaps falls more in the "romance" genre than the others as numerous men reconcile themselves to loves they cannot have--Demelza's brothers Sam and Drake and the besotted Hugh Armitage, yearning for the wife of the man that saved his life.
The author includes many moments of introspection and deep thoughts in this novel. Love only adds to itself, it never destroys. Tenderness is not like money; the more you give to one the more you have for others. But every man wants his wife to be a woman that other men don't get. I'm counting this book in the category "A book of poems" in my 26 book challenge http: I would like to file a complaint with Also, I may have to wait a hot minute because the full collector's set I ordered is coming from across the pond.
PS - This one gets three stars because I don't believe a damn word of Demelza's story line. Dec 30, Victoria rated it liked it Shelves: Starting to get really really irritated with Ross and Demelza. Ross for still mooning over Elizabeth and not talking to Demelza and Demelza choosing to run into the arms of another man rather than talking to Ross about what is happening between him and Elizabeth. I'm ready to bang their heads together.
These issues almost destroyed their marriage and it seems like they haven't learned anything. Jan 04, Cassandra Dexter Colby rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tramas nuevas e interesantes, sin perder de vista lo que se arrastra desde el primer libro y sin que canse por eso. Another good installment, my favorite so far. Four with whom he had been concerned this year? Demelza and Elizabeth, of course.
Who was the fourth? One of the swans had a damaged wing, feathers awry and stained. On Sawle Feast day, Ross had been turning to leave his pew when Morwenna had smiled at Drake, and he had caught a glimpse of the smile. The French Revolution has descended to bloody madness and the British government is afraid the Revolution will spread. A series of bad harvests in Cornwall means starvation, disease and anger. None of these things directly affect Ross Poldark. With a prosperous tin mine producing enough income to fix up Nampara, a beautiful wife and two thriving young children, he has all a man could want.
However, there is that unspoken lingering There's also the matter of the y The French Revolution has descended to bloody madness and the British government is afraid the Revolution will spread. There's also the matter of the young man Ross inadvertently rescued from Quimper. Hugh, young, dreamy, romantic and ill, has conceived a passion for Demelza. Demelza is flattered but fearful of where his attentions might lead.
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This attention is far far different from that of Sir Hugh Bodrugan and the other old lechers. George and Elizabeth's marriage is crumbling due to his suspicions and long-held jealousy of Ross. When the local lords decide to play a political game, George is eager to get involved and thrust himself into the notice of the aristocracy at last. It will also be a dig at Ross, setting George up higher in status. Dwight is back in business trying to heal after Quimper but healing involves being married to his work.
Will his marriage with Caroline survive? Demelza's brothers have some romantic entanglements of their own. Earnest Sam's heart defies his head when he falls in love with Emma Tregirls, a young woman who is not yet saved, nor does she want to be. While Drake settles into his new life trying to forget Morwenna, she is suffering, trapped into a loveless marriage with a man who does not even respect her.
As the seasons change and the years turn, everyone becomes a little older but perhaps not so much wiser. This was a tough one to read. I had to read it a little at a time over a long time. I had already seen the show so I knew what to expect but that didn't make it easier to read. The book is more nuanced and enriched by more politics, history and subplots than the show.
It's worth a read, despite the darkness, especially for the politics. The politics are very relevant to our time today. The plot I liked best was Caroline and Dwight. She's very wise when she's not being flippant and sarcastic. I really liked her thoughts on a successful marriage and I think of all of the couples, Dwight and Caroline will be the happiest in the long run. I also found it interesting how Dwight was working out the effects of the mind on the body and vice versa whereas the other doctors in the novel made me cringe with their barely out of the Middle Ages medical practices.
The relationship I hated the most was of course Morwenna and Ossie Whitworth. He is a disgusting monster. He is vain, pompous, lacks understanding of compassion, empathy, kindness and human dignity. I can't even imagine the pain Morwenna is in and the private horror she is suffering. As Ossie points out, she has no legal rights.
This story really takes a closer look at what life was like for women at that time. Morwenna is clearly depressed and the only way out would be suicide or a slow, wasting death. Personally, I think I'd opt for killing my husband. It couldn't be that hard to make sure he rolls over into his pillow at night and stops breathing. Ossie's other relationship is appalling, even if it was consensual. How and where she learned such things, I don't know. It doesn't seem possible but perhaps her strong personality persuaded that wimpy librarian to give her books unsuited for an unmarried young lady. That's absolutely sickening even if the age of consent was disgustingly low at that time.
I was surprised that plot didn't play out exactly as I had suspected from the TV series but it did seem like it could have. Second least favorite is George and Elizabeth. He's finally becoming the villain he is made out to be in the TV series. Up to the end of the previous book, he wasn't really guilty of anything really devious. He leaves that to Uncle Cary.
In this book his jealousy and suspicion eat away at him and cause George to lose all reason. I have new respect for Elizabeth. She really stepped up here and overcame her annoying vapidness to do what she had to do even if she sort of lied. I also liked how Ross acknowledged what he had done to Elizabeth, something he ignored in the show. It did take awhile before he caught on. I'm impressed how the screenwriter turned one particular scene of inner monologue into something we could see on TV. However, I still want to bash Ross's brains in sometimes.
He's still moody and brooding. He can't get off his high horse and can't let go and open up to his wife. Demelza is sweet and caring. She is also tough and I don't agree that explaining his feelings would wreck their marriage. I did like that he acknowledged her opinions and thought about what she would think and say before doing something. I don't blame Demelza for her feelings for Hugh. If Ross paid more attention to his wife hello, remember sexy stockings? I have mixed feelings about Hugh. In some ways his feelings for Demelza echo Ross's feelings for Elizabeth which serves Ross right.
However, Demelza acknowledges that he comes from a different world where the rules of the game are different from her own moral code. In some ways I felt he may have been too calculating but at times he seemed innocently in love like the great poets. As Shelley, Keats and Byron are small children at this time, Hugh doesn't have them to model himself after but he has the same sort of idealized view of love the romantics would make popular.
I did like how Demelza's feelings were complicated and the way she acknowledged them to Ross. I can only hope it will make their marriage stronger. I think he's going to take his wife's advice to Emma. He is sort of obligated to. Sam Carne annoys me. Now I have a much better idea of what the heck a Methodist is and why they're so annoying.
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Sam broods too much on the afterlife and that other clergyman needs to stop poking his nose in and being rude. Sam is doing just fine on his own and he may even get over this salvation business. I admire that he works in the mine and how he handled the affair of the condemned rioter. That was very nicely done. Why shouldn't she enjoy herself with men who give her pleasure? She has a reputation but she doesn't care. Why shouldn't she enjoy a drink at the kiddley every once in awhile? She seems like a hard worker and an intelligent young woman.
I didn't like her at first because I thought she was kind of rude and tease and might try to drive the brothers apart, but by the end I had a lot of respect for her. I also have a lot of respect for Drake. He seems a little depressed, naturally, but he works hard and works his way through his problems. I liked how he handled his problems on his own. I don't know what his problem with Drake is, aside from Drake being Sam's brother. New characters here include Lord Falmouth and Lord something or other used to be Basset.
They are on opposing sides of the political spectrum but are not so different after all. I absolutely loved the suggestions Ross made for improving the lives of the poor as to prevent revolution. If only someone would take his advice and carry it forward to the 21st century! We could use a wise man like him here in America! Ross Poldark for President! I didn't like Falmouth much at all and the other one turned out to be nearly as bad. This book is tough to get through but is just perfect for those who complain Jane Austen ignored the servants, villagers and the war.
This book has ALL of that and more! Winston Graham of course had the benefit of writing years after the events took place. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Angry Tide Poldark. The Stranger from the Sea Poldark. A Novel of Cornwall, Poldark. The Black Moon Poldark. The Miller's Dance Poldark.
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