18th Aug 1914 · 9th Sep 1915 Podcast Storyline

Belgian Refugees

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Refugees from German persecution flood Folkestone, causing problems

  1. 18th August 1914

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    1. Council faces crisis

      Gabriel fails to reassure a combative London journalist that the council can cope with local problems, Belgian refugees and a threatened German attack

  2. 19th August 1914

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    1. Aunt Sylvia has a plan

      Victor is bullied by his aunt on matters of Belgian refugees and of romance

  3. 20th August 1914

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    1. Refugees bring the horror of war to Folkestone

      Ralph's wife Dorothea comes into her own caring for the waves of Belgian refugees - some carrying tales of mutilation and horror

    2. Comforting the afflicted

      Florrie, still bereft at Sam's loss, finds it in her heart to donate to the Belgians: Ralph, meanwhile, seems swamped

    3. A quayside welcome

      Gabriel is pleased with Hilary's public relations work: a harried Ralph prepares to greet the Belgians in front of a band

    4. Why aren't they leaving the boats?

      When the Belgians refuse to leave their boats, Isabel tries to speak to them and Ralph seizes a chance to be with her

    5. Isabel and Ralph steal a moment

      As they approach the boats, Ralph and Isabel blame themselves for the boys' disappearance

    6. It doesn't seem right...

      The strange reluctance of the Belgians to disembark unnerves Dorothea and Florrie

    7. "Je m'apelle Isabel"

      Isabel and Ralph's attempts to cajole the refugees ashore fall on deaf ears; one of them suffers a coughing fit and takes fright

    8. A refugee panics

      Having been bumped into the sea by a panicked Belgian, Ralph hears the man was arrested; his overture to Isabel is rebuffed

  4. 21st August 1914

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    1. Family secrets discovered

      As Albert and Florrie discuss Sam, he loses a button - and finds a letter

    2. Belgian behind bars

      A boy's hat has been found, but before Florrie can examine it, Dorothea demands to see the arrested refugee

  5. 22nd August 1914

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    1. Jessie helps the Belgians

      Jessie tells Dorothea her dad fears the town will be "overrun" by Belgians but she succumbs to Dorothea's persuasive powers

    2. An eclipse draws the crowds

      Jessie shirks her charitable duties to talk to Adam, whose stiff upper lip is weakening: truths about Victor, Kitty, Ralph and Isabel threaten to emerge

  6. 25th August 1914

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    1. Isabel in a hurry

      Sylvia has taken the refugees' plight to heart, in her fashion

    2. Does Dorothea suspect?

      Isabel and Dorothea help the refugees but Dorothea has begun to notice Ralph's reliance on the other woman

    3. Marieke and the baby

      Isabel chats to Marieke, a housemaid, who claims to have picked up abandoned baby Mathieu as she fled Louvain

    4. Sylvia intervenes

      Isabel and her mother - who is brimming with 'initiatives' - disagree on whether Marieke can keep Mathieu

    5. Enter Ivy, stage left

      Ivy, a brash former chorus girl who helps manage the pleasure gardens, volunteers, giving Isabel an idea

    6. Dorothea's hand of friendship

      Dorothea and Isabel mock the domineering Sylvia and a tentative friendship begins

  7. 28th August 1914

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    1. The baby is teething

      Isabel and Dorothea try to calm the distressed Mathieu, and find a better place for him and Marieke

    2. Practical charity

      Marieke and Mathieu are to move into the vicarage, with Marieke acting as under-housemaid to Kitty

    3. Dorothea's second idea

      The two pragmatists, Dorothea and Hilary, come up with more measures to ease the refugees' anguish

    4. Dorothea triumphant

      Over luncheon, Ralph learns about the new residents and the new hierarchy at the vicarage

  8. 2nd September 1914

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    1. Between two women

      As Dorothea's work with the refugees expands to include a newspaper, she pushes Ralph towards Isabel

  9. 3rd September 1914

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    1. Confidences in the kitchen

      Kitty and Marieke compare notes on men and Germans, until Dorothea interrupts

    2. A dispute over Mathieu

      Marieke explodes when Ralph introduces a refugee couple who claim to be Mathieu's parents

    3. Mais l'enfant n'est pas mon fils

      In broken French, Dorothea asks Marieke if she is Mathieu's mother. Marieke says he is now, but that is all

    4. Baby talk

      It is possible that both Kitty and Marieke have guessed the truth of the other's situation

    5. Mathieu's future is discussed

      Ralph tells Marieke that Mathieu would have a better life taking the place of the Drouet's dead child: she refuses

    6. The young women empathise

      Kitty and Marieke tacitly acknowledge each other's difficulties: Kitty begins to feel maternal bonds

  10. 5th September 1914

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    1. Fighting over Isabel

      In a heated conversation with Dorothea, Sylvia discovers the identity of Victor's beloved Kitty

  11. 17th September 1914

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    1. A couple reunited

      The upswing of Gabriel's mood continues as they take Ottoline to meet her husband

    2. A couple reunited, part 2

      Adam and Jessie are embarrassed by displays of adult affection: Gabriel continues to behave erratically

  12. 18th September 1914

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    1. An emergency baptism

      Baptism seems miraculously to break Mathieu's fever - will this also break the curse?

  13. 19th September 1914

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    1. Judgment of Solomon

      The two women are at loggerheads over Mathieu/Matthew, neither entirely disclosing her hand

    2. Baby talk

      The conversation of the two maids - and mothers - is interrupted by Dorothea ringing

  14. 23rd September 1914

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    1. Ottoline and Henri find sanctuary

      The landlord of the British Lion is welcoming but Henri remains disconcertingly silent

    2. Henri is missing

      Henri's experiences have clearly affected him badly: the noise of the pub has driven him away

    3. Adam joins the search

      Jessie suggests the Lamberts move to the Bakery if the pub is not suitable: secrets and chagrin prey on Adam

    4. Henri reveals a talent

      Baker Henri was captured with his and Ottoline's sons, and returned to her alone and silent: the Moores offer them a room

  15. 24th September 1914

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    1. Gabriel and the refugees

      Gabriel accepts Freddie's death, realising certainty is better than not knowing the fate of loved ones, like the Belgian couple

  16. 25th September 1914

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    1. Suffrage in the Vicarage?

      Dorothea and Marieke clash again proprietorially over Mathieu/Matthew, and discuss equality with Ralph

  17. 25th December 1914

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    1. Tea at the vicarage

      The real subject of Dorothea and Marieke's strife is Mathieu

    2. Awkwardness over the tea things

      Amid attempts at Christmas cheer there are tensions - racial, sexual, and between soldiers and civilians

    3. Fisticuffs in the vicarage?

      As Ramesh and Barry square off to fight, Ralph suggests an alternative

    4. An inspired idea

      In echo of a famous wartime story, Ralph suggests a Christmas game of football for men, women, children, refugees and Folkestonians

  18. 9th September 1915

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    1. Domestic Distractions

      Juliet and Marieke relax in the sun together, with Juliet remarking upon Marieke seeming tired and distracted. Marieke expresses worry over Dorothea’s parenting of Mathieu and confesses that she did not sleep well the night before. Juliet assures her that her presence is appreciated and needed in the Argent household.

    2. Maid Management

      Juliet discusses the Marieke situation with Howard, explaining that she feels that matters have come to a head. Howard reminds her of the delicacy of the Matthew/Mathieu issue but admits that Marieke’s sobbing kept him awake the previous night. They agree that Juliet will raise the issue with Dorothea.

    3. Unattended and Uprooted

      Juliet and Dorothea discuss pregnancy, with Juliet comforting her friend that emotional turbulence is to be expected. Dorothea expresses her gratitude for their friendship. Ralph then enters carrying Matthew, who has emptied a watering can over himself as a result of Dorothea leaving him unattended. Juliet uses this situation as the springboard for suggesting her plan to allow Matthew to live with them (and, of course, Marieke) whilst the Windwoods prepare for their upcoming child. Ralph is receptive to the idea and Dorothea is eventually convinced to acquiesce.

    4. Où suis-je?

      Matthew seems perturbed by his change in location and is screaming for his ‘Mummy’. Marieke expresses dismay at this misplaced yearning. Howard repeats his worries about this arrangement but Juliet remains optimistic.

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