Rumpole of the Bailey

Season 7 Episode 3

Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 1992 on ITV
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Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle
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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.

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    Howard Attfield

    Howard Attfield

    Barber

    Guest Star

    Garry Cooper

    Garry Cooper

    Michael Mathieson

    Guest Star

    Eleanor David

    Eleanor David

    Elizabeth Casterini

    Guest Star

    Denis Lill

    Denis Lill

    Mr. Bernard

    Recurring Role

    Christopher Milburn

    Christopher Milburn

    Dave Inchcape

    Recurring Role

    Camille Coduri

    Camille Coduri

    Dot Clapton

    Recurring Role

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    • 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.

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    • 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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