Playful but unobtrusive, it’s a line you possibly can think about Inspector Morse novelist and crossword setter Colin Dexter getting a kick out of. Cryptic crosswords are constructed on obscured messages despatched from setter to solver, a practice that Endeavour author Russell Lewis retains alive in his scripts via nods to movie, books and the unique Inspector Morse TV sequence that followers eagerly wait to interpret with every new episode. (See the definition of “Frazil”, the surname of the character performed by John Thaw’s actor daughter Abigail, for an additional ice-based allusion to the household title.)
A love of crosswords, by the way, isn’t only a character trait for Morse. The detective is famously named after one in every of Dexter’s fellow cryptic solvers Sir Jeremy Morse, simply as his colleague Lewis is known as after the pseudonymous solver and setter ‘Mrs B Lewis’ aka Dorothy Taylor. The title ‘Endeavour’, it’s additionally enjoyable to notice, first appeared within the TV sequence as a nine-letter resolution to Morse’s clue “My whole life’s effort is around Eve.”
The “beginning to thaw” second within the sequence eight finale is performed with lovely understatement by Shaun Evans and Roger Allam, and will have served completely because the scene’s final line. Instead although, of leaving us with a traumatised Endeavour taking his first shaky step in the direction of restoration, the drama gave us the paternal consolation of ending on a Fred Thursday adage. “Sun always comes up,” Fred instructed Endeavour. “Just got to hold on for it a bit longer sometimes, is all.”
Thursday’s evocation of the solar remembers a poetic mainstay of the Morse character – A.E. Housman’s ‘How Clear, How Lovely Bright.’ In the ultimate Inspector Morse episode, tailored from Dexter’s novel The Remorseful Day, Thaw’s character quotes these strains from Housman’s poem, which makes use of the passage of the solar throughout the sky to ponder the journey from delivery to dying: Ensanguining the skies / How closely it dies / Into the west away; / Past contact and sight and sound / Not additional to be discovered, / How hopeless beneath floor / Falls the remorseful day.
(The presence of ‘morse’ in that final line likely appealed too vastly to Dexter’s cruciverbalist thoughts to not flip to his personal use!)
Endeavour recites those self same strains within the sequence two finale ‘Neverland’, simply earlier than Fred Thursday is shot. The poem is each a tribute to Colin Dexter’s love of Housman (like Morse, an alumnus of St John’s College, Oxford whose interval of examine ended with extra a whimper than a bang), but in addition a confrontation of remorse. Housman’s “beams of morning” and “delightful day” inevitably find yourself “past touch and sight and sound” and “hopeless under ground”, irrespective of how a lot the poet resolves to not squander life and to retrieve days misplaced. As such, it’s a significant elegy to the person that Endeavour turns into – good, however alone.