24th Feb 1915 · 7th Sep 1915 Podcast Storyline

Adeline's Return

65 min Play story

Long-believed to be dead by most of her family, Adeline has been incarcerated in an asylum

  1. 24th February 1915

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    1. Phyllis on a mission

      Phyllis is on a secret journey

    2. A revelation

      Phyllis sister, Victor's mother Adeline Lumley, is in a mental hospital that is to be requisitioned for wounded soldiers

    3. Meeting Adeline

      Adeline is incarcerated as a "moral delinquent"

    4. Adeline's condition revealed

      Adeline seems to be in a state of arrested development, unable to recall that Victor is an adult or that the Boer war is over

    5. Phyllis confronts the doctor

      The doctor tells Phyllis she must take her disturbed sister home


    6. A terrible admission

      Phyllis reveals that Victor does not know that his mother is in an asylum

    7. Phyllis distraught

      Phyllis rudely rebuffs the kindly overtures of the chauffeur

  2. 2nd March 1915

    Scene 1 of 3

    1. The morning after the eclipse

      Phyllis evades Kitty's questions about her sister

    2. A discussion about Adeline

      Phyllis tells Sylvia that they may have to accommodate Adeline in a cottage on the estate

    3. Godparents for Peter

      Phyllis and Sylvia both dread telling Geoffrey and Cressida that Adeline must be accommodated at Collingwood

  3. 5th March 1915

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    1. Adam overhears something

      Levels of deception pile up, though Adam asks an honest question about Gussie's silence

  4. 9th March 1915

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    1. A surprise for Geoffrey

      The sisters tell Geoffrey that Adeline did not commit suicide and is in fact alive

    2. Geoffrey caught in a pincer movement

      Phyllis and Sylvia plan to keep Adeline's continued existence from Victor, but suggest Geoffrey tells Cressida about the plan to house her at Collingwood

  5. 12th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 9

    1. Preparations are made

      The Marshalls prepare a cottage for Adeline - but Cressida has still not been told

    2. Awaiting the arrival

      Sylvia suspects Phyllis's motives in wanting to greet Adeline alone

    3. Adeline arrives

      Adeline is concerned that other patients will share the cottage with her.

    4. Adeline is sketching

      Adeline has filled her sketchbook with pictures of Victor, and fears Phyllis means to steal it from her

    5. An explanation

      Adeline has been sketching the son who was taken from her, fearful she will forget him

    6. Adeline is missing

      Nurse Clara has never known her to stray before

    7. The search is underway

      Phyllis and Clara pretend they are looking for a dog rather than Adeline

    8. Adeline discovered

      Adeline has regressed, and gone to an old hiding place - where Victor used to hide too

    9. Kitty is disturbed

      Kitty felt she was being watched and discovered footprints in the snow: it seems Adeline was staring at Peter

  6. 16th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 3

    1. Kitty doubts her sanity

      Adeline is spying on Peter - Phyllis tries to pass her sister off as a ghost

    2. Another sighting

      The Marshalls have told Clara to tell Kitty the lake is haunted in case she sees Adeline

    3. The ghost revealed

      Despite the blandishments of Phyllis and Johnnie, Adeline enters the cottage asking for her baby

  7. 17th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 3

    1. Cressida learns the truth

      Phyllis and Sylvia put Adeline away and then fought over who should look after Victor - and Cressida thinks they wanted to put her daughter Gussie away too

    2. Cressida on a mission

      Cressida's explanation that Adeline is Victor's mother only upsets Kitty further

    3. Cressida incandescent

      Geoffrey calms Cressida and puts the case for what Phyllis and Sylvia did

  8. 26th March 1915

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    1. Isabel and Kitty reunited

      Adeline seems entirely at ease with Peter and Kitty - though conscious of lost years - but at the last minute states that Peter is not Victor's baby

    2. Isabel flies back to Collingwood

      Isabel is incensed at being called back, though Cressida is still furious with her mother. They discuss whether Adeline can be trusted with Peter

  9. 7th September 1915

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    1. Flying Freddie's Kite

      Gabriel, taking leave of his duties at the Town Hall, is flying Freddie’s kite, in memory of it being the one year anniversary of his death. After reminiscing, Gabriel passes the kite to Adeline who, after briefly reminiscing about Benedict, allows it to be carried away by the wind, with it ending up stuck on the greenhouse. Gabriel proposes the idea of displaying their telephone number on the front door to encourage people to call them with grievances, rather than knock on the door.

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