They're a maddening and pitiful pair, especially when compared to Randolph and Christabel, whose passion is undeniable despite the social conventions that should keep them apart.
They're also played by Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle, two British actors who casually dominate almost everything they're in, Northam with his always-humming threat of dash and charisma, Ehle with an intelligence that's proved unwaveringly sexy. The darting forays into the past and their affair, away from the unhappy present with its zipless lovers, are frustratingly brief.
On an unrelated note, there's another update from Press 53 about the progress of John Ehle's The Land Breakers. A mid-July release is anticipated. Some of Harper Lee's blurb is quoted:
In part, she wrote, "John Ehle’s meld of historical fact with ineluctable plot-weaving makes The Land Breakers an exciting example of masterful story-telling. He is our foremost writer of historical fiction."