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Tea & Review: Harlots – Episode 4

Lucy’s (Eloise Smyth) naiveté lingers in episode 4. Despite a customer leaving her bed agitated and dissatisfied, she still asks Margaret (Samantha Morton) if he is to be her keeper. Shockingly, she believes that to be in the realm of possibility.

Later when she plays cards, Lucy yet again demonstrates her fledgling social skills. Not unlike her time at the Reptons (Tim McInnerny), she attempts to participate in banter and ends up missing the mark. Unfortunately though, to Lord Fallon (Ben Lambert) she sounds enticing. This is, of course, most dangerous given his particular, possibly murderous, sexual preferences.

She becomes increasingly more aware of her weaknesses as a harlot, rather keenly so when she overhears Margaret express concern at the lack of takers. To her credit, Lucy takes some initiative and seeks out Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) for advice. From their conversation though, it’s clear Charlotte didn’t struggle early on to satisfy customers as Lucy has.

It’s hard to tell if Lucy’s bumpy entry into sex work is par for the course or if it veers from the norm. The only other new Harlot whose experiences might provide comparison and insight is Harriet (Pippa Bennett-Warner). Her expert handling of Repton does indeed put Lucy’s amateur fumbling in rather harsh perspective, but we might remember that Harriet is not new to this game. As she says, this is just the first time she’s getting money for it.

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Tea & Review: Harlots – Episode 2

Last week we glimpsed the freedom of harlotry, where this week we faced its perils (the foulest of which being death).

Margaret Wells (Samatha Morton) is in desperate need of seed money, so she invites a friend to consider her business as a potential investment. This friend, Nathaniel Lennox (Con O’Neil),  makes it clear however that his greatest interest is in Margaret herself.

Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville) faces a far more heinous proposition from her own patron across town. Justice Cunliffe (Richard McCabe), who is both a judge and a customer in Golden Square, visits Quigley and requests that she kidnap a virgin.

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