Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle

Season 7, Ep 3, Aired 11/12/92
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  • Episode Description
  • Rumpole flirts with a beautiful violinist and finds himself reluctantly defending her husband, who is charged with murdering the violinist's musical partner.Meanwhile, Claude Erskine-Brown accuses Henry, the clerk at 3 Equity Court, of sexually harassing a secretary.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Marion Mathie

    Hilda Rumpole

  • Jonathan Coy

    Henry

  • Peter Blythe

    Samuel Ballard Q.C.

  • Leo McKern

    Horace Rumpole

  • Julian Curry

    Claude Erskine-Brown

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Hilda: What became of you, Rumpole, doing those extraordinary things?
      Rumpole: "I met a lady in the meads, Full beautiful - a faery's child, Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild."
      Hilda: I suppose you're talking about that Mrs. Casterini. When I think we sat there and listened to her fibbing. I wouldn't have stayed if I'd known what she was like.
      Rumpole: Ah, but then we didn't know did we? La belle dame sans merci had us in thrall.

    Allusions (1)

    • Rumpole in this episode has his guard lowered by an attractive woman who enthralls him with sweet words and hints of promises. This echoes the John Keats ballad La Belle Dame Sans Merci (The Beautiful Woman without Pity) (1819) which tells the story of a knight felled by a predatory creature (the shadow of death) taking the form of a lady. Rumpole rouses himself just in time to turn the tables on the lady and later explains his odd behaviour to Hilda by citing the lines from Keats.

      Keats's knight told of making scented floral garlands for his lady while Rumpole merely had a dash of scent added to his own hair.

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