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May, 1916 "Love's Sweet Song' Cont.

[Depicted in Love’s Sweet Song, the 7th episode from the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, produced by George Lucas - released in 2000 - it’s original edit is from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles; Episode: London, May 1916 - released in 1992]

  • Once Indiana & Remy arrive in London they set out to enlist in the Belgian army, though out of fear of being sent back the United States, Indiana provides a false identity under the pseudonym Henri Defense.

  • Later that evening, Remy comforts a war widow over a cup of coffee, so Indiana decides that he’ll spend his time visiting his old tutor Miss Seymour. On the bus to Paddington Station he meets a young lady named Vicky Prentiss; a suffragette that he’s immediately attracted to.

  • Indiana makes the effort to see her again by attending a suffragette meeting, where he’s impressed with a speech given by Sylvia Pankhurst, whom he even defends amongst a crowd of jeering men.

  • After the meeting Indiana takes Vicky out for some tea, and they learn that they have much in common with each other; specifically that they’re both well traveled and speak a myriad of languages fluently.

  • Indy & Vicky then set out for Miss Seymour’s home in Oxford, where upon their arrival she makes Indiana wrote a letter home to his father. Miss Seymour then proceeds to challenge Vicky on the methods being used by the suffragette movement; although in spite of sharing different viewpoints she admired the young ladies conviction and invites her to a dinner party.

  • At the party Vicky gets into another argument about the suffragette movement, this time with a young Winston Churchill.

  • Over the next few days Indy and Vicky enjoy the countryside of Oxford, and they confess their love to one another before they head back to London.

  • Once he returns Indy finds out that he and Remy have received their call up papers, yet before he leaves for Europe he wants to spend one last night with Vicky. Anticipating that Indy would ask for her hand in marriage, she refuses before his proposal stating that despite her love she always dreamed of becoming a writer, and marriage at this time wouldn’t allow her to do so. Indiana pleads with her to reconsider but she resists, thus angry and heartbroken he leaves her at the restaurant.

  • The next day Miss Seymour greets Indiana at the station, and Remy arrives proclaiming that the night before he’d gotten married. As the train pulls out Indiana spots Vicky in the crowd, and through their eyes they share one final moment before Indiana officially enters himself in “The War To End All Wars”

  • Thus during his time in London, Indiana (and Vicky) directly interact with:

  • Sylvia Pankhurst - English campaigner for the suffragette movement which advocated for women’s rights, most notably the right to vote. Her mother, father, and two sisters were also suffragists as well. She was a main figure of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), however she often disagreed with it’s vision and by 1914 her own sister Christabel expelled her from the union.. She then founded her own organization that would ultimately be known as the Workers’ Socialist Federation (WSF), and remained a vocal presence that opposed the war and endorsed left wing politics and communism.

  • Winston Churchill - British politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-45/1951-55), who during World War II led the British to victory over Nazi Germany. Churchill was also a writer, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1953. 30 years prior however, he was Home Secretary and was a figure of great resistance to the suffragette movement, as he publicly denounced the methods they used to garner awareness and stimulate change, at one point saying “I am certainly not going to be henpecked into a position on which my mind is not fully prepared.” He also later wrote to his wife Clementine who was a silent supporter of the movement, “‘I hope you will not be very angry with me for having answered the suffragettes sternly. I shall never try to crush your convictions [but] I must claim an equal liberty for myself. I have told them I cannot help them while the present tactics are continued…” Despite his lack of support when it mattered most, in his later life Churchill did proclaim that women deserved to be treated equally, considering all of their sacrifices during the war.

  • During the adventure Indiana also visits:

  • London Paddington Station - train station that has been the London terminus of the Great Western Railway (British railway company that linked London with parts of England, the Midlands, and Wales) and its successors since 1938. The fictional character Paddington Bear was named after the station, and in the story he’s found at the station having been sent from Peru.

  • Oxford - city in south east region of England that’s known worldwide as the home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.


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