Once again, this is a secondary recap of series one of The Paradise. PBS Masterpiece calls it Episode 3, but the BBC aired it as S01E04. You can read the original review here.
In this review, we’ll go over a charming scene featuring a very ebullient (and very handsome) Lord G. letting Moray know he is to stay out of Katherine’s life now that she is attached to the charming, attractive, philanthropic, brilliant and rich Peter Adler. OK. Lord G. doesn’t use those words exactly, but I’ve got say that Peter Adler struck me as a massive upgrade.
Glendenning: None of us expected this to happen, but perhaps we should all admit it’s for the best, hmm?
RF: Translation: “Dumpsville, Population: You. And I am so glad my daughter appears to have seen the light and won’t be marrying you. No, seriously, really glad.”
RF: Lord G. is in an obviously good mood (side note: and wearing an extremely attractive and flattering hunting outfit!) here. We can see that the hunting has been good (oh, those poor pheasants!) and he has a spring to his step. He’s in an extremely jovial mood, even as he tries to hammer home to Moray (very polite hammering, but hammering nonetheless) what he expects. I suppose Moray’s meant to look very morose and downcast here, but I think one could be forgiven for thinking he just looks hungover instead. Oh, and he is way overdressed for pheasant hunting! This suggested to me that the only reason he was there was to try to
suck up keep relations cordial with Lord G., in the hopes of maybe keeping Lord G. as a backer.
Admin: Oh, overdressed to be sure. The contrast in outfits is terribly striking. Naturally, I prefer Lord G.’s, because he just looks so perfectly outdoorsy and comfortable with his surroundings. Moray….not so much. He looks like he’s more suited for day at the galleries and cafes of Paris. A good look in France, but they aren’t in France. I like the “none of us expected this to happen,” line, since that is exactly what Lord G. has been hoping for all along.
RF: He might even be overdressed for a French café. 😀
I cherish reason. The winning argument is like a fine wine – it gives me a feeling of well-being. Yet I take great pleasure in shooting birds from the sky. I accept there’s no reason in that. It is nothing more than the imposition of my will. I’m a contradiction. We all are.
RF: Lord G. starts to wax philosophical as he discusses his “great pleasure” in blasting poor birdies from the sky. This is actually an interesting bit of foreshadowing considering what happens later in the episode (check out Admin’s review for that!).
RF: I think he’s essentially telling Moray that hey, these things happen, and the “contradiction” involved is likely Katherine, who has seemingly(!) changed her mind about marrying Moray. He’s trying to be… well, as consoling as he possibly can, but his open body language as he looks up to the sky can’t help but advertise his happiness at this turn of events. His line about “the winning argument” suggests that he’s gloating without gloating, although not concealing it too well.
Admin: Gloating without gloating – I like that. 🙂 The other key line is “nothing more than the imposition of my will.” It shows that he is happy to set aside reason if and when it should suit him to do so! It is a good method of telling Moray that he is used to getting his way. It isn’t even done threateningly; he’s being rather amiable. It is just that he seems to know no other way.
Admin: And I dare say he thinks that is the natural order of things. The manner in which he opens his arms up to the sky and is so perfectly suited for his surroundings tell us he is an aristocrat, and he thinks that is what nature (and probably God) intended.
Glendenning: I’ve never seen Katherine so at ease with herself, at ease with the world. Never. I trust you’re not going to interfere with this.
RF: Aha, now the veiled warning! 🙂 It’s worded as politely as everything else has been, but the tone is unmistakable: “Do not screw this up.” Lord G. also directs a very intense, searching stare at Moray as if he’s trying to read what could possibly be going on in Moray’s head in response to this… request. A cynical person might note that Lord G. is insisting Moray not interfere just as Lord G. himself is doing some interfering. 😉
Admin: One can feel sorry for Glendenning at this point: A man who is used to feeling at ease with himself and the world, sadly aware that his daughter (the person he loves most) has never felt that way before. Although, it does beg the question: Is he relieved because he now feels at ease with Katherine’s future? Peter Adler is a wonderful character, and I wish he had been in more episodes, but he seems more akin to Lord Glendenning. Both men are brilliant, secure, outdoorsy, and warm. Seeing Katherine with a man who is essentially a more philanthropic version of himself should be to Lord G’s liking. We are seeing that in his warm, loving tones made even more effective with that bit of a warning!
RF: It’s very true that Adler’s a lot more like Lord Glendenning than Moray is. He’s settled, stable, plans ahead, and certainly shares Katherine’s social class. Add to that that he seems to be a very patient, heckuva nice guy and you can see why Lord G. thinks he’d be the perfect match. You’re right that there’s something very sad about this being the first time Katherine’s ever felt, what… love? reciprocated feelings?… for a suitor. I think Lord G. is tremendously relieved that Katherine seems willing to settle down with a man he feels confident will care for her as much as he does – and be willing to take care of her (something he discusses with Moray in greater detail in S01E07 – spoilers ahoy!) even when she’s being… difficult.
Moray: I told Katherine I was unable to marry at this time. If she has a suitor, then the blame is mine.
RF: Moray finally speaks! “Unable to marry at this time” is an interesting way of weaseling out of it… and I find it hard to believe that Katherine as a character would accept such an excuse unquestioningly, without grilling Moray for hours about what that actually means, whether she’s decided to marry Peter Adler or not. He seems to be trying to portray the sort of disappointed suitor that Lord G. expects, complete with a restrained jaw clench to convey his sorrow. However, while this sounds vaguely like what Lord G. wants to hear, it in no way actually answers his question; Lord G’s amused expression suggests that he fully realizes this.
Admin: One of the things I love about Lord G. / Moray scenes is how quiet Moray gets. It is as though he just doesn’t know how to cope with someone as blunt as Lord G. Moray is in his element when selling frippery to simpering ladies, but the bluff, older gentleman always manages to perplex him. What is odd, though, is that he doesn’t seem to show Lord G. the correct amount of deference. His answer concerning Lady Katherine was totally weak, and Lord G. knows it — hence his adorably bemused smile. 🙂
Glendenning: You have a gift, Moray, for avoiding a question…if it is a gift. Let’s be generous and call it an attribute. Let me answer the question for you. You will make no effort to tempt Katherine back into some sort of reconciliation with you. Hmmm?
RF: Lord G. frequently seems to throw in a “Hmmm?” when he’s just asked a question to which he expects no answer but complete agreement. He’s doing his listener the courtesy of framing it as a question when in reality, it’s in no way up for debate.
RF: I found “Let’s be generous and call it an attribute” to be simply hilarious. 😀 It’s a very jovial, backhanded swipe at Moray that goes by so fast one might miss it. But then he goes on to directly state, with no excess window-dressing, what he truly expects… make that, demands… from Moray, complete with a finger-point to emphasize it. Note that Moray doesn’t directly answer this question either, instead maintaining a sullen silence.
Admin: Lord Glendenning is so cute here. He is both amused and bemused by Moray’s non-answer. He does show some impatience with the “let’s be generous” line. The image is unintentionally funny, Moray could easily be his sullen son who hates hunting and that sort of stuff because he would rather be shopping and hanging out with his friends. 😀 Certainly not intended, but that is what it looks like.
Admin: And you’re right about the “hmm?” being his way of saying, “you’ll do as I say.” He is a man who knows his mind and expects everyone to get in line!
These are the days…
RF: And having made his point, Lord G. is back to his extremely good mood and wide-open body language. Life is good, his daughter is on track to marry millionaire philanthropist
Bruce Wayne Peter Adler, and the Joker Moray has been relegated back to his proper place at the Paradise. Lord G. even gives Moray a consoling pat on the back – which really suggests something more like “Tough luck, loser!” rather than true commiseration.
Admin: The clap on the back is great. The perfect response to goth boy’s silence. Lord G. has just bulldozed over the problem and is feeling confident that everything is all sorted now. The little nod he gives Moray after his “these are the days” line is so charming. I’ve had to rewatch it a few times and I’m fairly certain that Moray actually gives Lord G. a teensy smile at that point before going back to his sullen funk.
RF: Moray does indeed very briefly give Lord G. a tiny smile that could best be described as “wan” (or possibly “hungover”). 😉
Admin: Ultimately, this scene pretty much encapsulates everything I love about Lord Glendenning. He is full of life, in love with nature, secure in himself, warm, and decisive. The only way it could be better is if he left the poor pheasants alone. 😉