By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Poldark, the current Masterpiece Theater presentation, is based on 12 novels by Winston Graham. The story centers on Ross Poldark, the main character, who returns to Cornwall after fighting the Colonists in the American Revolution. The series could be called "The Perils of Poldark" because Poldark himself barely escapes ruin and worse in each episode. Balancing this out, however, is the fact that he is a genuine hero, he constantly works for the underdog, is loyal, brave, a leader, and so on.
Well, Ross Poldark really hit it out of the park in the most recent episode!
A few years in the past, his wife Demelza had gone to nurse the family of Ross's cousins, saving the life of their baby. She brought back the disease, which killed her own baby. Ross was so devastated that he blamed his cousin for years.
In the middle of typical catastrophes, Demelza tells Ross she is pregnant again. She does not want to tell him because he has said he cannot go through giving his heart again to a child he might lose.
In spite of the difficulties in his life and his fear of giving his heart again, Ross tells Demelza the baby is already real and here and, so, will be very welcome.
There's your 18th Century hero created by an author in the 1950s and brought to screen in 2010s. So refreshing!