The Scandalous Mrs W

(38 Posts)
JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:01:10

Anyone watching? I love a good period drama me smile

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:21:46

Just me then?

absolutelynotfabulous Mon 17-Aug-15 22:23:08

I'm trying, but failing. Not gripping me at all.

fancyanotherfez Mon 17-Aug-15 22:24:46

No not really gripping me either. Seems a bit of a weak story. Might be getting a bit more interesting now in the last 10 minutes

JoanCallamezzo Mon 17-Aug-15 22:29:34

I've got one eye on it. Seems to be mostly wanking at keyholes.

MsJuniper Mon 17-Aug-15 22:30:48

I really enjoyed it - definitely got better towards the end. I wanted to know what happened to Jane though.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:31:02

I've got one eye on it. Seems to be mostly wanking at keyholes. grin

Perhaps it's the beer or the fact that I've not seen any hype, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

JoanCallamezzo Mon 17-Aug-15 22:33:26

It's still on here but I pressed pause for a bit to put the washing on, doesn't she get her daughter back then? Might give up now.

TheSpottedZebra Mon 17-Aug-15 22:33:44

When she was in the maze, was that blood on the floor? Was that meant to show that she'd terminated pregnancies?

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:35:53

Spotted hadn't spotted the blood, but the my eyesight isn't what it was <searches for old git emoticon>

If it was blood, could they have been miscarriages?

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:36:52

Joan don't give up, it does improve as it goes on smile

absolutelynotfabulous Mon 17-Aug-15 22:37:06

I didn't understand it at allblush. Someone please explain? I think I got the first bit (ie that hubby likes to watch her with other men) and the bit where she went off with the dark-haired bloke. I didn't get why they went to court, and what the outcome was. Frankly I don't really care but I feel I should at least make a bit of an effort to understand! (particularly as there's bugger all else on the box).

JoanCallamezzo Mon 17-Aug-15 22:40:13

DH has come in and changed the channel shock rude. I really had very little idea what was going on though tbf.

ginmakesitallok Mon 17-Aug-15 22:44:24

Husband wanted to claim damages from young bloke to destroy them boh after they decided to elope.

ginmakesitallok Mon 17-Aug-15 22:45:44

And she then showed that he wasn't due any compensation as young bloke hadn't devalued husband's property, he'd already done it himself.

Loved it!

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:45:49

I thought that he was suing her lover to ruin him as punishment to them both for leaving him and publicly shaming him.

The trial is apparently a famous one, where she proved she was not worth the £20k claimed.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:46:33

Me too gimma smile

TheSpottedZebra Mon 17-Aug-15 22:47:15

She was a 17th heiress when she married him. She was basically his possession - she had few rights. They didn't sleep together for the 1st 3 months, and when they did, it soon transpired that he preferred watching rather than doing. So he got her to sleep with his friends whilst he perked through the keyhole. Lots of friends. One at a time, as far as we know. She fell for one of them, Bissett, and they had a child (who was raised as the husband's). She and Bissett ran off together and tried to take the child. They expected that the husband would divorce her - she couldn't divorce him back then.

But instead of divorcing her, he decided to have Bissett prosecuted for adultery, or whatever it eas called then. He sued him for the equivalent of £20 million, which would ruin him. But he defence was that yes, she'd slept with the men, but that the husband had made her, and watched her, and colluded in it. And that she'd got an sti from another man, and that they child wasn't his. So the case was passed, there had been adultery, but it wasn't worth 20 damages, only a shilling.

Pipbin Mon 17-Aug-15 22:47:33

I liked it, but I felt it could have been just an hour.
I feel that it was interesting on the topic of a man's wife being his property.

They went to court because she had come to the marriage with a dowery of £20k. Her husband's problem was that she had run off with another man and he was entitled to compensation to the tune of £20k because that was her 'worth'.
She brought in all the men that she had been made to have sex with to prove that the marriage was pretty much fucked up anyway.

I wanted to know what happened to the baby too.

BooChunky Mon 17-Aug-15 22:50:04

The baby stayed with the husband, she had two further children too and she sent one to live in Belgium and the other died I believe?

PlainHunting Mon 17-Aug-15 22:51:23

Thoroughly enjoyed that. Really want to read the book now (had never heard of it or her story before today).

TheSpottedZebra Mon 17-Aug-15 22:51:35

It's true by the way. There had a been a son before the daughter, but he died. Tje daughter remained with the husband who refused to grant her a divorce. And she had another kid with Bissett but then he left her. There were then some shady goings-on in Paris, (she'd had to leave the UK) and she was shunned by all righteous folk. But eventually husband died, she came back to UK and was reconciled with her family (not sure about daughter), and had to go to court to resume her maiden name. She married a man decades younger who changed his name to hers, which was most unusual. And left her fortune to him when she died.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Aug-15 22:53:43

I thought her dowry was £100k or have I got that wrong?

TheSpottedZebra Mon 17-Aug-15 22:56:47

There are different reports of what her dowry was... It said that it was reported that she was worth 100k, then the dowry was said to be 70k but was apparently 52k.

But that is still the equivalent of 10's of millions today!

dillite Mon 17-Aug-15 23:16:05

The daughter died as well. Both of her children did. I only found a mention of two children.

In the scene where her maid brings her a bowl and she is shown to lift up her leg onto a stool, was that to indicate that she was about to do an abortion? It would make sense with all that unprotected sex.

Remarkable isn't it, how a woman could not defend herself in court? And how the honourable men had to have their identity protected by a curtain, where as the piece of furniture that is the wife gets to sit in court and mocked by everyone.

I did love it in the end where she went on her spending spree and how her husband had no choice but to pay. After all, his property does need to be maintained and upkeep costs money.

It was quite hard to follow in the beginning though, as it was hard to understand what's going on, what's flashbacks, and what's what.

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