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James has bought a house with servants and he and Anne have a house
party on Albert and Elizabeth's wedding anniversary to which most of
rich and powerful seem to have been invited. Robert and Sarah feel
amongst the gentry and there are signs that James and Anne are
in society circles.
It would appear that James is not all that comfortable though as he
to sail the new ship Lady Lazenby to America for molasses and wheat.
The ship is
named after the wife of Lord Lazenby who has purchased some of
James' shares on
the understanding that James can buy them back when he is able. This
financed the house and the excess payment required for the Maria da
acquired at auction.
Albert and Elizabeth quarrel and Albert seeks solace with Carrie
music hall singer that Albert has been seeing.
Elizabeth follows Albert and, having seen her husband with Carrie
Harries in her
home, goes to stay with Anne. Albert arrives and causes a scene in
Anne's guests – including Daniel Fogarty but Anne considers that
treated Albert `shabbily' and she writes to James about the perilous
Emma Callon tells Daniel that she wants no scandal if he were to be
named in the
process that Albert and Elizabeth were set upon.
Robert tries to
Albert and Anne goes to see if Daniel Fogarty would talk with
Elizabeth goes to see her solicitor and Albert his. Lady Lazenby
makes it clear
to Anne that society circles would be closed to Elizabeth and the
rest of the
Onedin family if Albert and Elizabeth were to divorce.
Meanwhile at sea, James is lonely and thinks of Anne as he looks at
picture in his cabin. He is also aware of the seriousness of the
news that he
has received from her in the letter in America and so plots a course
to get him
home quickly. Baines warns that the course is set too far northwards
as they are
pushed into snow and freezing conditions.
Fogarty is paying attention to Emma as he is becoming impatient at
her lack of
urgency towards their marriage. He makes matters worse when he
Aboard the Lady Lazenby the ice laden mast falls on Baines and
breaks his leg.
Aboard is a cargo of medical supplies that includes the new products
and ether that a crew member has knowledge of as his father is a
is aware the he should cut off Baines' broken leg because gangrene
set in but he also knows that it would be the end of the seaman's
ability to get
work and, probably, for his valued colleague and confidante, the end
life. James succeeds in setting the leg to the delight of himself
As James returns home to Anne she tells him its too late to save his
her husband from their course of action. However, Elizabeth and
Albert have met
outside the courtroom and the divorce does not happen.