Poldark is a screen adaptation of the book series written by Winston Graham, but the two are not identical. Here are characters the show leaves out.
Poldark is a screen adaptation of the books with the same name written by Winston Graham. The television series, on the other hand, was written by Debbie Horsfield. The story takes place from 1781 to 1801. The story is first set in Cornwall, England, just after the American Civil War, with Captain Ross Poldark as the main protagonist.
The books are mostly about the consequences of adultery and revenge that lingers on from one generation to another. The show centers on Captain Ross, who returns to Cornwall after the war, and discovers that his father has died while he was away, and his lover, Elizabeth, is engaged to his cousin, Francis. Here are some characters the show leaves out.
Stephen Carrington is the husband of Clowance Poldark, the second daughter of Demelza and Ross Poldark. Clowance was born when Ross and Demelza’s dark days were over. She was born into a family where marriage seemed easy. Clowance chose Stephen, a stranger his brother found in the sea, over Lord Edward, a well-mannered royal.
Their long engagement was full of arguments and misunderstandings. It was a tragic love story since Stephen married Clowance while he was still married to another woman. Stephen’s son from that woman appeared and that was how Clowance knew about it. Stephen told Clowance that his first wife died a long time ago but his son told otherwise. Stephen died in an accident without a chance of telling the truth.
Lady Harriet Warleggan
Years after Elizabeth Warleggan died, George remarries out of convenience. His second wife is Lady Harriet Warleggan, a high society widow. Their marriage doesn’t go exactly as planned. Lady Harriet talked to George in a way that if done by Elizabeth, would have gotten her killed. She loves to insult her husband.
George cannot do anything since Lady Harriet was the sister of the duke. Her presence is a constant reminder that he will never have the breeding she has. And this constantly wounds George’s pride and manhood. They had a functional marriage but George felt that he was on the losing side. It was a pity that George lost his first wife in childbirth.
Lord Edward Fitzmaurice
Clowance Poldark turned down Lord Edward for Stephen. She married Stephen and a bitter turn of events happened from thereon. Stephen died without ever telling Clowance the truth about his first wife. She spent her days grieving and hating at the same time. Three years after Stephen’s death, Clowance meets Lord Edward again at a party in London.
He proposes to her and tells her that it’s a big decision and he knows too well that Clowance is not drawn to him as she was to Stephen. This time, Clowance says yes to Stephen’s proposal. It was a much better marriage this time, less passionate but healthier.
Selina Warleggan is the wife of Valentine Warleggan, the son of Elizabeth and George. When Valentine was of marrying age, his father secretly arranged a marriage for him with Cuby Trevanion, a penniless girl from an old family. Valentine was furious and instead married a beautiful widow in town, Selina Pope. George disowned Valentine after he married Selina.
Selina expected Valentine to be faithful to her but he had a string of affairs in their entire relationship. When Selina gave birth to their son, a scandal made her leave Valentine. George took her in with his grandson and sided with her. Valentine became reckless with a lot of debts, an alcohol addiction and eventually died at 26.
Jeremy Poldark, Ross and Demelza’s son, meets Stephen Carrington, the stranger by the sea, when he finds him in the sea thinking he is dead. Jeremy brought him home and was nursed by Demelza and Clowance. Clowance and Jeremy were smitten by each other. Stephen recruited Jeremy to be a smuggler of brandy.
The two were caught but were able to run. Jeremy finds himself in an estate garden hiding, where Cuby Trevanion finds him. Jeremy becomes obsessed with Cuby but gets insulted when Cuby tells him that she will only marry him for money. Cuby’s father gets into a meeting with George Warleggan, and arranges a marriage for Cuby and Valentine Warleggan.
When Clowance Poldark and Stephen Carrington were together, one of Stephen’s notable affairs was with Violet Kellows. Literary critics have likened this affair to Demelza with Hugh. Stephen loved Clowance but was deeply drawn and attracted to Violet. Clowance knew of Stephen’s many affairs but Violet was one of the worst. Stephen insisted on visiting Violet every week when he learned that she was dying of tuberculosis.
He continued visits despite Clowance’s jealousy and objections. Before Violet died, she asked Stephen to make love to her. Stephen was taken aback since Violet was very weak and frail but she insisted even if she died. Stephen obliges.
Andrew Blamey Jr.
Andrew Blamey Jr. is the son of Verity and Andrew Blamey. Clowance Poldark and Stephen Carrington met Andrew Blamey Jr. just as they were planning to elope. Andrew told Clowance that he saw Stephen with Paul Kellow and Violet Kellow in a bar once but Stephen denied it was him.
Andrew also told Clowance that he had witnessed Stephen murdering someone as his group was fleeing a press-gang. But Stephen shrugs it off by saying he will marry Clowance in a church with no relatives in attendance. If Clowance was not so head over heels for Stephen and actually listened to what Andrew told her, it would have saved her much scandal and heartbreak.
Music Thomas is a universal favorite side story character of Poldark books fans. Music is mentally ill but he has a good heart and the best of intentions. It is quite rare for a writer in Winston’s time to associate goodness with ill mental health. Music is good man despite his village mocking him as an idiot. He is a good worker and is good with horses.
He falls in love with Katie Carter, daughter of Jinny and Jim Carter. He seeks medical advice from Dr. Dwight Enys on how to act normal. Katie knew that Music admired her but she didn’t feel the same way. Readers felt bad for Music’s unrequited love since no one ever liked him although everything about him was likeable.
Christopher Havergal was a lieutenant under Major Geoffrey Charles Poldark, Elizabeth and Francis Poldark’s son. He is Bella Poldark’s fiancé in the final book of the Poldark series.
Christopher first met Bella when she was 13. Christopher has contributed a lot to Bella’s singing career. He encouraged Bella’s parents, Ross and Delmeza, to allow Bella to study voice in London. He was very understanding of their relationship, postponing their marriage to give way to Bella’s growing career. He accompanied Bella from Nampara to London. Their love story came to a halt when Bella found out that Christopher regularly visits prostitutes.
Isabella Rose Poldark or Bella for short is Demelza and Ross’ youngest child. We have seen Demelza pregnant with her in the season finale of the television adaptation. Christopher Havergal becomes Bella Poldark’s lover and a big contributor to her career. Their love story comes to a halt when Bella finds out that Christopher regularly visits prostitutes.
Bella is reacquainted with Maurice Valery who offers her a part in an opera. Bella’s attraction shifts to Maurice. Ross visits Bella in one of her shows and gets the feeling that there is something between Maurice and her. Bella gets sick and is taken back to Nampara by her father, Ross. Bella and Christopher reconcile.