Enter Abigail (Stone), Sarah’s cousin, who was once a girl herself, but whose father gambled away his fortune and his good name. He even gambled away Abigail, who to repay a debt was given to a German man she grew up sleeping with. How’s that for up-for-to-the-minute old-fashioned depravity? Abigail arrives on the citadel with nothing (she’s even dunked in manure), however Girl Sarah places her to work as a scullery maid, and it is there that Abigail, with her grace and attract intact, begins to plot her rise. Stone makes her sweet and graceful on the floor however with a heart of tick-tock calculation. However the actual trick of her effectivity is that while we see what a schemer she is, we do not basically recoil. The Favourite” is a sick-joke morality play throughout which the message is: Each woman has her causes.
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