In 1x03, Brocket Hall, Victoria tells Melbourne he’s the only companion she could ever desire. He has to refuse her because he knows that they aren’t in a position to marry, though they are in love with each other. So he tells her that she must keep her heart intact for someone else and that he mates for life and everything.
You can just see how much he is suffering because of what he has to say and of course he knows that Victoria will suffer too.
So he takes her hands between his and tries not to hurt her with his words because he knows how fragile she is with her feelings. He tries to protect her once again.
Just in case this wasn’t heartbreaking enough, we have 1x05, An Ordinary Woman.
Victoria’s just married Albert and she is happy now, but she can’t completely forget her Lord M, so she calls him. And he is in so much pain I can’t even describe.
Do you see? Do you see his eyes staring into nothingness? He’s trying not to think about what he’s losing and to be happy for her
She tells him:
SHE TAKES HIS HANDS and now the situation is the opposite than in 1x03: it is Victoria who knows that he will suffer because of her and she is trying not to hurt him because she now knows how fragile HE is.
He may seem strong and self-confident, but deep down he is actually much more fragile than she is.
And she is trying to protect him this time as he has always done for her.
Here’s the full list of Vicbourne like things I’ve found in Anne Bronte’s “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” in order. I loved this book so much as it’s such a great story and ahead of it’s time, and then add in all the Vicbourne things and the real connection to Lord M and it’s so good. It’s so weird as not only did Gilbert and Helen remind me of Vicbourne but discovering that Lord M, Caro, and Byron all inspired characters and Lord M’s counterpart ended up with a 2nd wife like Victoria, and other characters that reminded me of ones in “Victoria” including Helen and her first husband having a dog named Dash. There were also many Vicbourne style scenes including their walks and talks, horseback riding, her sketching, him giving her flowers, dances, and even rooks! And even a scene many of us wished happened during the wedding. So it’s behind a cut because it’s long. LOL :)