The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Tuesday, 6 February 1990

Mompesson

‘Mountain Song’ – Jane’s Addiction

Started working on TEST OF COMPASSION as ‘Mompesson’ (effective).

In preparation, I have read the script several times.

BASIC/TEXTUAL

28 YEARS OLD – DESCENDED FROM THE FRENCH
LIVES IN 17TH CENTURY – 1665 – DURING GREAT PLAGUE.
RECTOR OF EYAM FOR ONLY 18 MONTHS [HAVING LIVED + WORKED IN SCARBOROUGH FOR THREE YEARS], REPLACING THOMAS STANLEY.

MARRIED TO CATHERINE [3 YEARS PRIOR TO EYAM POSTING], WHO IS FROM DURHAM.

AS THE PLAY OPENS, HE HAS [AS WELL AS BEING RECTOR] BEEN WORKING AS THE LOCAL APOTHECARY, DISPENSING MEDICINES FOR MINOR AILMENTS.

BEEN IN EYAM LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW IT + ITS PEOPLE QUITE WELL.  KNOWLEDGEABLE IN ‘PLAGUE MATTERS’.  1ST TO REALISE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS SPREADING, VERY DISCREET ABOUT VICAR’S DEATH.  HAS TO BURY ALL VICTIMS, UNTIL HANDING OVER JOB OF SEXTON TO JESSOP.

Later:

‘Rock Lobster’ – The B-52s

I’ve written to Wendy to see if our vague relationship/friendship might be something we can still work on.

Doctor Who: PLANET OF THE DALEKS is great.




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