On the eve of Ross’s trial, his lawyer Jeffrey arrives with a list of the prosecution’s witness – mostly people paid off by George to testify against him. He sees Jud’s and Prudie’s names on the list – disgruntled servants.
Out on the streets, mobs are starting to rumble about the election results. Caroline is bemused by the rioting and Ross’s upcoming trial. She tells Unwin they should be setting Ross free to go home to his wife. As we have quickly learnt, having been brought up in the strict confines of London society, she is already very taken by Dwight’s steadfastness and refusal to be impressed by money, Ross’s care for the masses despite being a gentleman, and curious about the scullery maid whom he married for love.
When Demelza is caught by George at the Assembly while she is speaking to the judge set to preside over Ross’s case, she asks George why he hates Ross so much. He tells her that she would not understand. He was a blacksmith’s son but he is now a gentleman and she is a miner’s wife. Continue reading