As I’m still taking a break, away from the bustle of the city and normal life, I have the luxury of sitting in front of the fireplace, re-watching my favorite Miss Marple DVD’s.
One of the first I popped in was Ordeal of Innocence.
I’ve already written a post titled Richards Ordeal on it a while back, but something else jumped out this time around.
Philip Durrant is not the nicest of characters.
He’s a womanizer, philanderer and all around sleazeball.
What is interesting is how he manages to influence the ladies unlucky enough to fall under his spell.
Then I realised it was all about the touch.
His power comes from his ability to exude his control over the women in his life with a physical superiority.
The strained relationship of Durrant and his wife is complicated by his disability, caused by polio. After being the one in control, he is forced to accept her help in basic matters and his movement his limited by the wheelchair.
Money played a huge role, especially that Durrant has none, but wants plenty.
There is a chilly atmosphere between husband and wife, but the touch seems intimate.
After the gentle kiss placed on her wrist, he follows it up by saying she has a frozen heart.
His wife isn’t the only woman he charms.
He controls his ex-lover and plays on her fears.
By placing his hand on her shoulder, he tries to remind her that after the time that has passed, he can still influence her.
This is powerful, as she is already under significant strain and shudders under his touch.
The physical contact seems to remind her of the sins of the past and how much influence Durrant had on her.
This is the moment Philip’s wife realizes that she is not the only woman in the household that has fallen prey to Durrant.
It is a powerful moment that could have had significant consequences.
Like any jealous woman, she decides to have her revenge and points to her sister as a possible murder suspect.
Hell hath no fury…