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I do not doubt your info since you may have seen the
show from the beginning (I did not as I only caught
some eps on PBS in the States). However I find it a
bit unnerving that (wasn't his first wife into
shipping? Her sister (?) was wasn't she) so I wonder
how JO could have married her in the first place. She
may have been out of his class in the Victorian age.
— gduch2001 <email@example.com> wrote:
> —JO was NOT an aristrocrat.. he was lower midlde
> class – his family
> kept a small shop, they were nto poor but they wree
> far from rihc nad
> certianly not aristocratic.
> but as Baines employer, JO was socially superor to
> him although he
> was clealry fond of him and they ahd a freindship –
> it was not really
> a freindship of equals
> . JO was
> > basically an aristocrat from the beginning (?) and
> > married Anne to gain the shipping line. WB was
> just a
> > common sailor who worked his way up. Though it
> > seem confusing at times why JO would not consider
> > his equal (when it was Capt. WB) it is sort of the
> > caste system of the victorian era.
> > Searching for WB in Labrador would have been the
> > code of the sea (going to another's distress) and
> > would
> > not necessarily mean they were buddy-buddy.
> > I have not seen all the eps but what happen to
> > Onedin? Did she die or get a divorce from James?
> > Ron
> > — stuart_fanning <stuart.fanning@n…>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Does anyone else think it strange that, in the
> > > the
> > > Baines/James Onedin relationship didn't develop
> > > that much. If
> > > you look at their relationship during the first
> > > couple of seasons
> > > and the last two seasons, it hadn't changed that
> > > much. Surely over
> > > the 20 or 30 years they were together Baines
> > > have grown in
> > > self confidence so that there relationship would
> > > have become more of
> > > one of equals. Obviously it couldn't completely
> > > Baines was a
> > > senior employee, but Onedin's growing reliance
> > > Baines over the
> > > years should have pushed things in that
> direction. I
> > > think Onedin
> > > would have accepted a more equal relationship,
> > > the series
> > > scriptwriters really didn't develop the Baines
> > > character very much.
> > > Onedin obviously cared for Baines as the long
> > > in icy Labrador
> > > proved and the naming of Onedin's son William at
> > > endof the
> > > series.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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