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CBSRMT Episode Information
The Silent Woman
('Leopold Kompert story')
A woman goes into a silence for 27 years after being forced into a marriage against her wishes.
Air Dates:
First Run - June 1, 1978
Repeat - November 18, 1978
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4 Responses to Episode 0843

AFter a woman is forced to marry a man befitting her social position, a woman falls into a 27 year long silence.

It's best to listen to this CBSRMT episode twice. The actors are good as always, but the story was standard with not enough mystery in it. I couldn't imagine how it was possible for Veile (played by Carol Teitel) to be silent for 27 years. My guess was that she stayed silent the same way of that TWILIGHT ZONE episode from Season 2 Episode 25 "The Silence" where the character had their vocal cords severed. But no. Instead, Veile stayed silent on her own. If you really want to know the mystery on why the woman was silent for 27 years, the answer is in ACT-3

I listened to this one twice. The first listening I did not care for it as much as I did after the second listening. I give this one 3.5 out of 5 for good. Penance can be a real tough thing!

I suppose the episode reviewer didn't actually listen to this episode. Spoiler alert. This episode made it quite clear in the plot that Veila was NOT forced into the marriage, but married a wealthy man for his gold and silver and the prestige of being first lady in the town, out of her own free will. This is what leads to the climax where her silence is explained. Pay attention to when the Rabbi asked her if she was forced into the marriage, and her answer was No, she turned away from the poor man she was in love with and chased after the gold and silver of the wealthy man.

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