Series 1 Episode 2
"Everything. From now on. When it comes to me. Is my decision"

Episode 2: Ι Just Went There to Study Anatomy

In the first scene in Ann's drawing room, Anne claims that Cuvier[1] "gave me private instruction. In my attic apartment on the Left Bank"; it was actually a Monsieur Julliart (a student or assistant?) who dissected the baby with Anne, and not in her attic: "Breakfast at 11:20 & off to Rue Saint-Victor at 11:50. (F 45° at 11 a.m.) There in 55 minutes at 12 ¾. M.Julliart came at 1 ½ & staid till 4" (8-Feb-1831).

The very sudden bedroom flashback later in the episode, just after the "It's Paris... Ι just went there to study anatomy" line, features Mrs Barlow, an English widow with whom Anne had an extended affair during an extended trip to Paris over the winter of 1824/5.[2] Anne then denies ever having kissed anyone...

Later, in the lovely scene where Anne is visiting poor Henry Hardcastle (the boy injured in the accident), Anne tells him of the death of her brother: "My brother was in the 84th Yorks and Lancs. He was an ensign... He drowned. In a river. In Ireland. Eighteen years ago. Just turned twenty". This is true: Anne lost her last surviving brother[3] on 19 June 1816, when Sam Lister drowned in the River Blackwater. Sam would have inherited Shibden.

We meet Catherine Rawson in this episode, as she and Ann prepare for their trip to the lakes. Catherine's father Stansfield, Christopher Rawson's brother, owned property at Wast Water in 1832.

Anne's conflict with the Rawsons over coal was real. The lease - which we hear so much about - still exists; it was never signed. Anne (with Ann's money) did eventually sink a pit - the "Walker Pit"[4] - but not until 1835.

On GJ day 15 Jeremiah Rawson comes to negotiate with Anne about her coal - and he's amazed by the "two hundred and twenty-six pounds, seventeen shillings and six pence" price and her calculations. She does her working out[5] in the July 14 diary entry:

cost getting & hurrying to the pit's mouth 5/6 or say 6/- a score

20 corves cost getting & hurrying to the pit's mouth: 72 say 70 = 3½d a corve
sell for 8d a corve

∴ clear gain per corve or load = 4½d ∴ clear gain per square yard = 4½d x 5 = 1/10½
∴ clear gain per acre = 4840 x 22½ = £453.15.0

let the proprietor & getter share this profit equally & then Ι ought to have £226.17.6 per acre for my coals

Actually Anne's approximations mean that she overestimates the profit. If she had calculated by square yard, rather than by corve, she would have got a more accurate figure:
Selling price per score (20 corves) = 8 x 20 = 160 pence
Getting & hurrying cost per score = "6/-" = 6 shillings = 6 x 12 = 72 pence
∴ profit per score = 160 - 72 = 88 pence
∴ profit per square yard = 88 ÷ 4 = 22 pence
∴ profit per acre = 4840 x 22 = 106,480 pence = 443.67 pounds[6] = £443.13.4Four-hundred and forty-three pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence.
∴ price per acre to the Rawsons = £443.13.4 ÷ 2 = £221.16.8
This means that the GJ calculation is incorrect as well: "Four thousand eight hundred and forty square yards in an acre, times twenty-two, and your clear gain per acre is four hundred and fifty three pounds and fifteen shillings". The 22 pence profit per acre figure is correct, but the final amount is not. If Sally Wainwright wants to stick to Anne's number from the diary, the script should read "Four thousand eight hundred and forty square yards in an acre, times twenty-two and a half...".

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Notes & Observations
[1] Georges Cuvier (1769-1832), French naturalist, known as the "founding father of paleontology". He had an enormous impact on pre-Darwinian biology, although he rejected any suggestion that species could evolve. He was already dead at this point, having died less than a week after Anne returned to Shibden.
[2] The period is covered in detail in No Priest But Love, by Helena Whitbread.
[3] The Listers lost another son, Anne's youngest brother John, in 1810.
[4] A ventilation shaft serving the pit can still be seen, just a short walk from Shibden Hall.
[5] Don't forget that Anne's working in pounds, shillings & pence and imperial units. A corve is a small wagon for carrying coal, ore, etc.
[6] There are 12 pence in a shilling, 20 shillings in a pound, therefore 1 pound = 12 x 20 = 240 pence. 106,480 ÷ 240 = 443.67
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