SPOILER ALERT: Dinna read unless you have read Pillars of the Earth!!!
Watched Pillars of the Earth on Starz last night. I never miss it. I think it's fantastic. I think they're sticking with the storyline so well. (Then again it's been 1.5 years since I've read the book and my memory is not what it used to be. I could be blissfully ignorant here.)
Last night as I was watching Tom Builder (sobbbbb!) and his son, John... I couldn't help but think of Jamie and young Willy at Helwater. The storylines have similarities: they both are living in close quarters with sons who don't know they are their fathers. Both men love these boys and want the best for them and love them enough to live the lie. It's truly heartbreaking.
In addition.. a few interesting things:
Both men are with women who are outsiders... and thought of as witches because of it.
Both men are responsible for many people - be they friends or employees - and have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Both men choose to meet this challenge head-on and welcome it.
Both men have to do back-breaking work in order to survive and provide for those around them.
Both men have a remarkable amount of honor. And as their audience, we're always aware of it.
I could go on and on....