James is still recovering at home but is not proving to be a very good patient. The Doctor has ordered at least 10 weeks of bed rest but James is surly with everyone, including the servants. His relationship with Hazel deteriorates even further with his moods and constant criticism frequently driving her to tears. Georgina has returned to England permanently and she and Hazel make up after their argument over James some months before. Richard meanwhile is full of enthusiasm when he hears that Virginia Hamilton and her two children are to arrive in London. Unbeknown to anyone, Richard had written to Virginia to ask her to marry him. At dinner that evening, she accepts. James doesn't take the news very well but comes around slowly. The war is coming to an end and there is talk of an armistice. The hospital wards are filled with patients suffering from the Spanish Flu and soon Hazel takes to her sick bed and dies. She is buried on November 11, 1918 the day the armistice is signed.
Did You Know?
The Thomas Hardy
book that Virginia reads Hazel to sleep with is "The Mayor of Casterbridge." See more
How could English people catch Spanish Influenza? That's what I can't work out!
Referenced in Downton Abbey: Episode #2.8
God Save the King
British national anthem
Composed by Thomas Augustine Arne
(as Thomas Arne) (1745)
Sung by offscreen crowd on Armistice Day See more