6th Aug 1914 · 1st Dec 1914 Podcast Storyline
Freddie and Victor
74 min Play story
Cousins and cavalry officers, Freddie and Victor suffer different fates
Freddie and his soldier friends show Sam and Jimmy how to fire a revolver but they accidentally wound Kush the dog in the ear
Dr McFee patches up the bullet graze to Kush the dog's ear, but Sam, Jimmy and the soldiers all fear repercussions
Victor tries to distract Freddie from guilty thoughts of Jimmy's disappearance with a horse race, but is injured in a tumble
Dr McFee fixes the shoulder Victor dislocated in the horse race, and tears a strip of Freddie for his frivolity
Freddie cajoles Victor into entering the Male Beauty Contest in his 'dashing' sling, knowing he needs the money.
In the pub after Victor's competition win, Freddie embarrasses his cousin with salacious talk, until they are interrupted by a fracas outside
Victor and Freddie step in to stop Bill Macknade beating up Ralph in the street
Left behind by his colleagues, the injured Victor tells his subordinate, horse doctor and would-be procurer about Kitty
Victor is bullied by his aunt on matters of Belgian refugees and of romance
Mr Martindale informs Victor and the soldiers about Hans, the German hiding in the hotel cellar.
The Grahams' worries about Isabel are overtaken by a telegram reporting Freddie's death
Ralph blunders into the Graham house - Isabel seems unable to stop him
Gabriel and Isabel are paralysed by grief while Sylvia seems to think it her duty to soldier on
Isabel is shattered - 'undone' - by the news, and her secret intimacy with Ralph shadows all their dealings
Grief in all its manifestations: Ralph is practical, Sylvia indomitable, Isabel numb, Esme coarse
Prostrated by sorrow, councillor Graham is unable to respond to his wife's wishes
Isabel cannot bear to stay in the house any longer.
Her emotions in disarray, Isabel kisses a soldier who thinks she is a prostitute: the revelation brings Freddie's death home to her
The ever-suave Hilary presents himself as Gabriel's right hand, and warns Isabel she was seen kissing the soldier
Those before Gabriel in the magistrate's court include the last man to see the lost boys alive, and Sgt Harris's own son
Gabriel overtakes Mervyn and Norman on his way to immerse himself further in his "civic duties"
Mervyn redeems himself by saving his brother from the water after two boats overturn
Sylvia, Gabriel and Isabel gather scattered cufflinks and wits to prepare for Freddie's funeral
Returning daughter Juliet Graham represents the modern, independent woman: Freddie's funeral cortege is diverted to avoid damaging morale
Dorothea appears, insisting she has a right to attend Freddie's funeral.
Only when the rest of the family has left Freddie's grave can Silvia speak freely to her dead son of her love for him