Then, Soames confronts young Jolyon and Irene at Robin Hill, falsely accusing them of having an affair.
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Young Jolyon and Irene assert that they have had an affair, since Soames has it in his mind already. That gives Soames the evidence he needs for divorce proceedings. That confrontation sparks an eventual consummation between young Jolyon and Irene, leading to their marriage once the divorce is final and the birth of a son Jolyon 'Jon' Forsyte. Soames marries Annette, the young daughter of a French Soho restaurant owner. With his new wife, he has his only child, Fleur Forsyte. The subject of the second interlude is the naive and exuberant lifestyle of eight-year-old Jon Forsyte.
He loves and is loved by his parents. He has an idyllic youth, his every desire indulged. This novel concludes the Forsyte Saga. Second cousins Fleur and Jon Forsyte meet and fall in love, ignorant of their parents' past troubles, indiscretions and misdeeds.
Once Soames, Jolyon, and Irene discover their romance, they forbid their children to see each other again. Irene and Jolyon also fear that Fleur is too much like her father and once she has Jon in her grasp, will want to possess him entirely. Despite her feelings for Jon, Fleur has a very suitable suitor, Michael Mont, heir to a baronetcy , who has fallen in love with her. Should they marry, Fleur would elevate the status of her family from "nouveau riche" to the aristocratic upper class.
The title derives from Soames' reflections as he breaks up the house in which his Uncle Timothy, recently deceased in at age and the last of the older generation of Forsytes, had lived a recluse, hoarding his life like property. Knowing he is soon to die from a weak heart, Jolyon writes a letter to Jon, detailing the events of Irene's marriage to Soames, including her love affair with Philip Bosinney and Soames's rape of her and warns him that Irene would be alone if he were to marry Fleur.
But while Jon reads the letter, Jolyon suddenly dies of a heart attack and Jon is left torn between the past and his present love for Fleur.
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He ultimately rejects Fleur, breaking his own heart as well as hers and leaves for Canada. Fleur marries Michael Mont, though she knows she doesn't love him. With her marriage Soames is separated from the only person whom he has truly loved. Irene also leaves for Canada, selling the house at Robin Hill. Soames and Irene briefly exchange glances at a distance and a kind of peace is made between them but Soames is left contemplating all that he never really had but tried to possess. It was adapted for television and produced by Donald Wilson and was originally shown in twenty-six episodes on Saturday evenings between 7 January and 1 July on BBC2.
It was the repeat on Sunday evenings on BBC1 starting on 8 September that secured the programme's success, with 18 million tuning in for the final episode in It was shown in the United States on public television and broadcast all over the world, and became the first British television programme to be sold to the Soviet Union.
There have been various BBC radio dramatisations. The music used as the opening and closing theme came from Edward Elgar 's Enigma Variations , specifically the Nimrod variation. Another production of the dramatised cycle came soon after the TV series. The version broadcast in comprised a minute opening episode followed by hour-long episodes, entitled The Forsyte Chronicles. It was the most expensive radio drama serial ever broadcast, due to its length and its big-name cast which included Dirk Bogarde , Diana Quick , Michael Williams and Alan Howard.
Soames Forsyte, having mellowed over the years, guards with especial tenderness the welfare of his daughter, Fleur. But all his devotion cannot avert tragedy when she revives an old love affair The three novels that make up this trilogy have long been recognized as masterpieces of 20th-century literature, and Galsworthy as one of its leading exponents John Galsworthy.
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