Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Recap: All the Mirrors of the World

By Kitin Miranda | 1 year ago
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Recap: All the Mirrors of the World

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” Season 1 Episode 4 “Chapter Four: All the Mirrors of the World” aired last Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on BBC One. In this episode, after Childermass (Enzo Cilenti) found himself in a strange world, he puts Lady Emma Pole (Alice Englert) in the care of John Segundus (Edward Hogg) and Mr. Honeyfoot (Brian Pettifer) of Starecross. Meanwhile, after an incident while trying to cure King George III (Edward Petherbridge), Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) and Mr. Gilbert Norrell (Eddie Marsan) drift apart, as Strange discovered the ancient King’s Roads. However, just as he was about to hang in his hat to spend more time with Arabella Strange (Charlotte Riley), Strange was called back to duty. Meanwhile, The Gentleman with the Thistle-Down-Hair (Marc Warren) decided to make use of Arabella’s likeness after Strange thwarted his plot to make Stephen Black (Ariyon Bakare) king. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode picked up from where it left off in the previous episode. Lady Emma Pole (Alice Englert) was sedated. While Childermass (Enzo Cilenti) was being operated upon, he found himself in the realm of Lost Hope or Fairyland. Christopher Drawlight (Vincent Franklin) and Henry Lascelles (John Heffernan) then spread the rumor around that Mr. Gilbert Norrell (Eddie Marsan) was targeted by a French spy.


When Childermass finally came too, Norrell told him that there was no such thing as the realm of Lost Hope. Then, Childermass volunteered his services in order to have Emma put away.

Meanwhile, Arabella Strange (Charlotte Riley) found it strange that people kept on saying that they were pupils of her husband, Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel). He was now content to finish his apprenticeship with Norrell.

The pair then went to the Windsor house to restore the sanity of old King George III (Edward Petherbridge). Norrell discovered that nothing he knew could save him. As they left, Strange became transfixed with a  painting of the Raven King. He was shown with the Gentleman with the Thistle-Down Hair (Marc Warren). However, Norrell refused to talk to Strange about it as it wasn’t “respectable.”

At Norrell’s study, Lascelles finished the final proof of his book on Norrell and his magic. Norrell hoped would breed Norrellite magic.

While Stephen Black (Ariyon Bakare) accompanied Emma to Starecross, Strange performed a spell using a candlestick. It allowed the king to see the Gentleman, who whisked him away through the mirror in the room to the middle of the road where Stephen was. Stephen then found himself with sword and he discovered that he was being forced to kill the old man, who was then whisked away back to his room by Strange. This annoyed the Gentleman. He decided to exact revenge on Strange by using something resembling his wife so that Arabella would be his. It turned out that he had wanted Stephen to kill King George III. However, because of this, Strange realized that there were lands behind mirrors. Also, the king warned Strange that he would suffer the consequences of what he had just done.

Strange then tried to convince Norrell to study the other kinds of magic, but Norrell refused to do so. Later, while he played pool, he discovered another man claiming to be his pupil. To prove that he was Strange, he managed to discover the ancient King’s Roads inside a mirror, and came out another mirror in a lady’s house. He discovered that Drawlight had been scamming men and women by getting money in exchange for spells and tutelage from him. Later, Lascelles had him arrested, and Norrell told Sir Walter Pole (Samuel West) to revive the magical courts. Norrell then chastised Strange. He told him that the ancient roads were too dangerous. Later, after Lascelle’s book on Norrell was printed, Strange got one, even though none of his works or discoveries were published.

At home, Strange and Arabella fought over his journey through the King’s Roads, as she had been worried about him.

The next day, Strange decided to write a scathing review of the book, and decided to go home with Arabella. He then visited Norrell with whom he ended their partnership. Norrell then told him that the Raven King had abandoned them by bringing all their magic to the Realm of Lost Hope. Later, he informed Lascelles that Strange was now their enemy.

Later, Strange was summoned by Duke Wellington. Napoleon Bonaparte had reclaimed France, causing him to tell Arabella to head on home without him first.


Meanwhile, Emma discovered that she had allies in the form of John Segundus and Honeyfoot  (Brian Pettifer) who saved her from the inquisitive Childermass. As Stephen left, Segundus told him that he knew that he and Emma had roses in front of their mouths.

After he left, Stephen was instructed by the Gentleman to get a moss oak, on which he squeezed Arabella’s tears. He then opened the oak to reveal a creature that looked like Arabella.

And that was all for the recap on “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” Season 1 Episode 4 “Chapter Four: All the Mirrors of the World”. 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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