I’m already a bit lost and I still feel like most of what I know of what is going on I read from the series description.
Tom Hardy’s character returns to England just in time for his father’s funeral which in and of itself draws suspicion let alone that everyone assumed he’d died off the coast of Africa 10 years ago. He makes claims like he heard when his father (in his madness) was talking to him toward the end of his life. Idle boasts meant to keep people fearful and guessing? He is doing some strange things too at the funeral… muttering, gestures. He appears to see things or maybe just be troubled by a dark past. His own madness?
He and his sister (Rob Stark’s bride!) have had an uncommonly close relationship in the past? Is this our ‘Taboo’? More on her husband and his dealings in the spoiler section below.
[spoiler]The East India Company folks I am having the most trouble with both in terms of motive and geography. So the EIC have a dossier on Hardy and are discussing how they can best play him into their hands. The sum of the old man’s inheritance is a piece of land in the Americas. When they call him in to make their offer we learn the land is… Vancouver Island? I did a little research and the NW coast out thataway would be considered part of the Louisiana Purchase I think. And I think the EIC themselves are saying it’s a bit up in the air where England/Canada are going to draw the line which will extend the 49th parallel. But it seems a stretch that by virtue of ownership of some piece of land that now Tom Hardy will decide the fate of all Vancouver Island.
A bit on the sister’s husband then that I think I picked up; wanted to see if anyone else did. Clearly with Tom Hardy 10 years gone they assumed they would inherit the old man’s interest which appear to be a warehouse on the docks and this title of land on the other side of the world. Tom Hardy goes to check out the condition of the warehouse and finds it’s being used by a madam as a brothel/opium den? She is willing to cut him 50% if he will allow her to continue but he wants her out now. She makes a veiled threat and he responds very specifically. Something to the effect that ‘it won’t matter if you send twelve men to get me they’ll all end up dead’. Later the husband is heard to say to his wife, Hardy’s sister, that he has a dozen men he can send to kill Hardy. Was I hearing this wrong, misinterpreting, or is this another allusion to how Hardy’s character seems to know much more than he should?[/spoiler]