There's one, to my memory, mention of a man who divorced his wife and it took 2 years and an act of parliament to get it done.
I've watched this many times...and something has struck me about this "mine business" he wants to discuss. I'm wondering if Ross were not in such dire straits money wise and could afford to leave Demelza but still take care of her and Jeremey financially PLUS be able to afford to run away with Elizabeth......would he? Would he have come back and packed up and hauled butt to Trenwith if he knew he could take care of ALL of them? Just a little something I was thinking about. When this happens , WG has Ross in a bad financial bind which might account for some of his actions. Or NON actions.
Ross felt no continuing compulsion to prevent Elizabeth from marrying
Why did he feel a compulsion to ride over to Trenwith at night then? It appears that it was just a compulsion to have her before George did. Yuck!
We aren't told that it took Ross more than six months to earn back Demelza's love and trust after apologizing to her for his betrayal. Rather, it took him more than six months after the VBT even to apologize to her and tell her that he really loved her, not the "other woman"!
When Ross gave Elizabeth that money, he assumed he would be living with Demelza at Nampara.
Demelza can deal with poverty because she is resourceful. She can cook, she can fish, and she is capable of thrift in ways that Elizabeth isn't. She wasn't raised to be a fragile hothouse flower, like Elizabeth was.
That's what makes Demelza right for Ross and Elizabeth wrong for him. Her helplessness would have driven him BSC in the long term.
So if Ross was to die (and I'm hoping it will be next week when Ross is pushed off a cliff)