The Making of a Lady

Synopsis: 1901:- Poor but intelligent Emily Fox Seton accepts a marriage proposal from the older Lord James Walderhurst,a widower pushed into providing an heir by his haughty aunt Maria,Emily's employer. It is an arrangement for them both - in James' case to stop the family home passing to James' cousin Alec Osborn and his Anglo-Indian wife Hester. However affection soon grows between them but James is posted to India with his regiment and the Osborns come to stay with Emily,telling her James sent them to look after her. But they have lied and Alec's alarming mood swings brought on by illness threatens Emily's pregnancy and drives the staff away. Soon Emily realises that the couple is up to no good.
Genre: Drama
 
IMDB:
6.7
TV-PG
Year:
2012
95 min
15 Views

Mrs Park. Oh.

Oh, Miss Fox Seton, I didn't see you

there.

I just wanted to say it's my day with

Lady Maria. I'll get the money from her.

She owes me for four weeks.

We'll want flowers in the hall, a

pre-dinner quartet...

Actually, no. No, we don't need

them. It's an unnecessary expense.

On the subject of expenses, I was...

My nephew is an unattached marquis.

People will come, music or not.

Emily...

Oh. Let me organise tea.

My dear, how kind you are!

You met her the last time you were

back from India. Oh, I remember.

She turns her hand to everything.

I'm thinking of taking her on as my

secretary, a permanent position.

Well, what would she do exactly?

She could write my letters, organise

my diary...

Ah, Miss Fox Seton. How nice to see

you again!

How long are you on leave from the

army this time, Lord Walderhurst?

For good, I hope. I'm getting too old

for these sorties abroad.

Where's the list for the dinner

party, Emily?

The most interesting girl's at the

top. Annabelle Rivers.

American. Money.

Yes. Um...

What about Agatha Slade?

I didn't even know you'd met her. I saw a

portrait of her at the National Portrait Gallery.

Pfft! Well...

I saw that too.

She's very fine.

Isn't she?

Well, they are a good family.

I suppose we ought to get an invitation

to them straightaway. I'll go now.

They live in Chelsea.

It's rather a long way.

Oh, Emily doesn't mind.

Do you, dear?

I'd be delighted.

Well? Has she paid you?

No. I don't know what I'm going to

say to Mrs Park.

You've got to ask the old lady

outright.

People take advantage of you.

She's thinking of taking me on.

A proper position, as her secretary.

I'd get a steady wage.

Oh, miss!

You wouldn't have to worry then.

That's wonderful.

Jane?

What is it?

Would you live in her house, then?

Maybe. Why?

Mrs Park's selling up.

I was hoping we could look for

somewhere together. Selling up?

With the money I make, I won't find

somewhere respectable like this.

Oh, Jane... When does she want us

out?

Soon. That's the thing.

You've got your Lady Maria.

You're all right.

I need two more quail from Lasker's

and Pond's cream from the pharmacy

oh, and as you're there, there's a

prescription to be picked up on my account.

I need it to be delivered to this

address.

It's all right. It's all right.

I'm looking for Captain Osborn.

Thank you.

We have a house in Manhattan, but it

bakes in the summer,

so we go to Newport, Rhode Island.

I'm very sorry.

Dinner is ready, Lady Maria.

Emily, this is Agatha Slade. Agatha's

mother is indisposed,

so you'll take her place at dinner.

Me?

Good evening.

My nephew, Lord Walderhurst.

The placement cards are in the

bureau, Emily.

Write yourself one.

And...

Smarten you up.

Miss Rivers, tell me about Rhode

Island at this time of year.

Oh, it's quite beautiful.

Is it? Is it? The weather...

Miss Fox Seton...

Oh, Lord Walderhurst!

I er...

I can't bear the American girl.

Please, er... help me change the

names.

Quickly.

Thank you.

Oh.

Ah. Let me help you.

Are you enjoying the season?

The dresses are fun, and I like some

of the dances,

but the people are so boring and old.

Sir, I didn't mean you.

Oh, don't worry, Miss Slade. I know

exactly what you meant.

The Slade child's insipid!

She's just... very young.

Unlike the Rivers girl. If you'd sat next to

her at dinner, you might have seen her charm.

I don't like the girl, and I'm not

going to marry her.

Well, one of the others, then. Who

cares who it is?

It's your duty to marry again and get

an heir.

Thank you for this evening, Aunt.

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