Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel Recap: The Education of a Magician

By Kitin Miranda | 1 year ago
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel Recap: The Education of a Magician

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” Season 1 Episode 3 “Chapter Three: The Education of a Magician” aired last Sunday, May 28, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on BBC. In this episode, Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel), who at first is rejected by Lord Wellington (Ronan Vibert) quickly finds him of good use to him, and persuaded him to work a more ancient magic that Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan) would disapprove of. Meanwhile, Lady Emma Pole (Alice Englert) tried again and again to tell Arabella Strange (Charlotte Riley) of what was happening to her, to no avail. Meanwhile, horrified by the attention that The Gentleman with the Thistle Down Hair (Marc Warren) was giving Arabella, Stephen Black (Ariyon Bakare), to no avail, tried to warn her about it. Meanwhile, Mr. Norrell grew increasingly paranoid of what Emma was telling Arabella.  Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began with Lady Emma Pole (Alice Englert) waking up from a dream. She then began to cut up all of her dresses. She began sewing what she called “lost hope” for Arabella Strange (Charlotte Riley) so that she would understand her predicament, and so that she would write to her husband about it. However, Arabella, no matter how much she wrote, didn’t receive any reply from her husband, Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel). Childermass (Enzo Cilenti) had been intercepting their letters for Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan), who read every letter and kept it from each other.


Arabella, after leaving Emma’s room, was greeted by The Gentleman with the Thistle Down Hair (Marc Warren). He was told that her husband would get bored easily after arriving home from the war.

Meanwhile, Childermass paid a visit to Starecross. He told Mr. Segundus (Edward Hogg) and Mr. Honeyfoot (Brian Pettifer) to stop pushing through with their planned Academy of Magic.

The next day, Emma showed a part of the tapestry to Arabella. She showed her The Gentleman, the ball, Stephen Black (Ariyon Bakare) as himself and as a king, and her with a rose in her mouth as she could not talk to anyone about what she has been encountering. Afterwards, Arabella talked to Sir Walter Pole (Samuel West), who emphasized that she must keep Emma’s ramblings a secret, even from her own husband.

At her desk, at home, while she pondered writing to her husband, which she later on did, The Gentleman and Stephen watched her, as The Gentleman wanted to find a way to keep her for himself.

Later that night, Mr. Norrell instructed Childermass to steal the tapestry that Emma had finally completed. It caused Emma to slit her wrists in the morning.

After being seen by the doctor, while Arabella was crying for her friend, The Gentleman arrived and tried to make a bargain in order to free Emma, which she refused. Later on, Norrell told Emma, who was now always bound, that she was going to live seventy plus more years in that condition, and that he had been tricked by the gentleman. He then told them that Arabella wasn’t to visit again.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Johns (Steve Jackson) and his master, Strange, arrived in Lisbon, Portugal. There, at the camp, they discovered that Lord Wellington (Ronan Vibert) didn’t care much for him unless he was able to produce more soldiers and artillery for him. Later that night, Strange read the letters of the soldiers to them, and produced a better road that wouldn’t wear down the soldiers’ boots, which earned him the nickname “Merlin.”

Later, he was told to move the forest in between the English and the French, but they shot at them, as the trees, whom he had been talking to, were noisy. Jeremy then saved his master from being shot, but he ended up dying, and the rest of the books were destroyed, with the exception of the book about the Raven King. He then was later on persuaded to reanimate the corpses of some dead Neapolitan prisoners to find out where Wellington’s canon was, much to his distress, as this was not “modern magic”, and was the magic of the Raven King. Also, he couldn’t seem to kill the reanimated men. As they marched on, everyone in the camp helped him out as they know feared him.

Later that night, Stephen was visited by the Gentleman. He showed him how he was born to his mother, who was a slave being transported on one of the Pole’s ships. He told him that he could make him a king, so that he could use Stephen to kill Strange, and to get Arabella.


After being spurned by the Poles, Arabella came home to a surprise- Jonathan was home. However, they were interrupted by Mr. Norrell who came to visit.

Before entering his home, he was saved by Childermass. He took a bullet in the chest for him as Emma had gotten lose, and tried to kill Norrell.

And that was all for the recap on “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” Season 1 Episode 3 “Chapter Three: The Education of a Magician.” For more news, updates and recaps on “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”  and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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