Aziz and Feride have found the miniature and are entranced by its beauty, symbolism and detail.

Intrigued by his invitation, Aziz can get no information from the gallery owner about the reason he received such an elegant and specific summons to view the painting. Neither can he find out who the current owner is, nor how it came to the gallery. Most importantly, he can’t buy it, instructions having been given that bids will be received at an auction. Fortunately, he is permitted to take a photograph on the proviso that he doesn’t share copies with anyone.

The pair leave the gallery in a state of excitement and anticipation. They have found some fascinating information about the miniature. We can start connecting some dots in this most intriguing treasure hunt, too., starting with the identification of the miniature’s apparent workshop in which some unusual kind of craftsman is absorbed in his work.

The place is identified by the attendant as a “muvekkithane”, a place where time is determined, where one would go to learn the correct time. A quick online search gave me some detail about a very important “clock room” such as this depicted in the painting. There is one in the Hagia Sophia, built in the 1900’s by order of Sultan Abdulameid. It was built in order to determine the time of prayer and at the same time to conduct astronomical studies of time and calendars during the late Ottoman period. The craftsman is a “mukkevit” or clock master. We have already met his modern-day counterpart in Salih Baba whose antique shop is the “go-to” place for the repair and restoration of all manner of timepieces. Including that beautiful old watch of his foster-father, Mehmet Sefik Korkmazer, which keeps appearing in the story and which has recently found its way back to him, in need of repair and via the safe hands of Aunt Zehra. It has been clear from the expression on Aziz’s face that he has been making similar connections.

Kerem has decided, for reasons that are not available to Aziz and Feride, to join the hunt for the miniature, his aim being to “free” Aneta from his grandfather. Given his downright refusal to become involved earlier, Feride is puzzled that Kerem has now decided to visit Uncle Necmi and find out what he must do to join the task force of three. While welcoming him back to the trio, Aziz is cautious after years of dealing with Kerem’s capricious behavior. He and Feride concur that Kerem often behaves, even at his current age, like a naughty child.

From here on in, we are treated to some of the cleverest dialogue and comical genius of Umit Kantarcilar as Kerem struggles with himself and various other ‘players’ in the story to submit to the requirements of the task which he has been set, He knows himself that he is a very naughty child and willingly admits to a whole range of pretenses and avoidance of work so that he can indulge in fun. But behind the flippant playboy there is now the determined son and grandson whose is driving himself to rebuild his family by rescuing his wounded womenfolk.
Feride admires the way in which Aziz, despite many past disappointments, still cares for and protects his foster brother, whom he has welcomed back to their search.

Kerem makes two visits, one to Salih who teases him when he bridles at being called a “beautiful boy”. He is finding this pretense of hard work and pursuit of fun being disrupted by the urgent need to deal with other issues. Salih advises him to slow down and stop if he wants to find out the truth.

Necmi goes further. Over a glass of tea, he tells Kerem that he needs to stop making fun out of what is a serious undertaking and that he will soon need to choose sides. Even though Aziz and Feride have located the miniature, it is still Kerem’s job to complete its acquisition. Kerem is finding the whole deal to be difficult, freely admitting that he doesn’t like teamwork.

Back at the Kirkmazer mansion, tensions are high. Angry at being sidelined and over-protected, Sultan tells Aziz she’s no longer interested in the Holding or any of the current issues.

Kerem is making Tahsin squirm over Aneta’s kidnapping, about which his foster father professes to know nothing.

Should this prove to be a lie Kerem warns Tahsin that his anger would make him turn very ugly.

At the Caglar’s new home, Hasibe is ensuring that tensions stay high. Money is once again her main concern and she is angry that Feride is now unemployed, as is Faik. What’s more the plumbing repairs have left the place dirty and no way is she about to deal with the clean-up. In true Hasibe style, she manipulates Emine, who has just arrived unexpectedly to visit Feride, into doing it for her. Her “waist”, she says, is killing her.

Feride has been sorting through her mother’s sewing pattern books and is developing some ideas about modernising her mother’s work and perhaps creating a new look of her own. She’s supported in this by Emine who thinks her friend could start her own business.

Later, Aziz is caught up in her enthusiasm and has a novel experience helping her to select fabric from the neighbourhood draper. This is a far
cry from his usual bulk purchasing and warehousing for seasonal ranges of garments.

Kerem learns that Aziz has located the miniature but hasn’t been able to just buy it outright. He is, after all, going to have to play his part in its acquisition and protection, just as Necmi advised him.

After the confrontation with Kerem at the breakfast table, Tahsin is further hassled by Aziz who questions him over his treatment of Feride. A treat is in store for Tahsin, however. Aziz re-introduces him to Yadigar. the wonderful old car which he had coveted as a young man. His father, Mehmet Sefik Korkmazer, had refused to give it to him but now the grandson has it.

Still, Tahsin is delighted with its reappearance, stroking Yadigar lovingly and glorying in memories of the old days as Aziz drives him to work then cruises away, leaving him there. He has asked himself, and Aziz, whether the return of the treasured old car might signal a turn for the better in all their lives.On the trip to work he has confided in Aziz that he was never close to his father, from whom he received little affection even though he tried to develop the Holding in ways that might attract praise . Aziz is uncompromising in telling Tahsin that he will make his own decisions about how he works. The truth will always come out, he says, and,
“I won’t play the game by your rules.”

A conversation between Tahsin and Bulent confirms for Tahsin that his suspicions about Aziz being onto him are accurate. Bulent has told him before that Aziz is smart and that any very small action can have a “Butterfly Effect” on events. Bulent took Aneta back, he says because she is his wife and her presence alongside him is necessary for his current purposes. What those are we don’t yet know.

Feride and Emine are talking about the future. In her determination to stop working in the Holding, Feride has broken the terms of her contract and has been left with a huge debt to pay back. As well, there are bills for repairs to the house and any start up fees for her own business would be hard to find. Emine states the obvious: Aziz could and would help. Never will Feride accept this. She wants Aziz for his love, not his money and wants no compromise. The problem with the work bond money will be solved later in the most respectful and uncompromising way when Aziz and Kerem work together to free her from the obligation.

Emine is on the move, too. She is setting up a small restaurant serving food from her native Black Sea area. She suggests that Altan may wish to join her in the venture, so that he can give up his gun and current occupation. They would be able to convince her Uncle Yalcin that they could marry. “Uncle” Altan has a new responsibility, however. Aziz has parked Yadigar up at Altan’s home as he will need to be using a more modern vehicle for upcoming business.

Emine and Aunt Zehra are keen for Feride to open a boutique business in a local shop. As the three stroll by near the antique shop, Aziz pulls up offering a lift to the three. He’s left with Feride, then notices Salih on the pavement. Glowering looks are exchanged between them and Feride, dismayed, encourages Aziz to stop the unpleasantness. She’s visibly relieved when Aziz steps up and greets the older man. In a surprise move, Salih reaches out and puts a “reminiscence”, for which he expects Aziz to be responsible, into the younger man’s hand, goes back into the shop and closes the door. None of the three women who watch this can make out its meaning.

Aziz, Feride and Kerem meet to determine the way forward. Kerem sees the photo of the miniature and it is decided that he will attend the
auction in accordance with instructions from Necmi that the acquiring of the object is his responsibility.

At the Holding, Merve can’t get rid of any traces of Feride quickly enough and Tahsin is “managing” in ways which create constant pressure on the staff. He is ruthless in putting Nehir in her place and is causing concern for Kerem who is dismayed at finding him in the manager’s chair which is usually occupied by Aziz. Amused, Aziz explains that he is not so worried, he’s leaving it up to his father to mess things up.

Kerem’s loyalty to those who care for him and his family is expressed through his appreciation of Feride’s treatment of Aneta. She and Aziz in turn appreciate his generosity in accepting her resignation without holding her to her debt.

Kerem hasn’t been quite as nonchalant about the miniature as the other two might expect. He has been researching academic articles and has found out about Levni, a renowned miniaturist whose work and life are associated with the Topkapi Palace. They agree that information sharing is going to benefit them all. Kerem is about to visit the gallery to see for himself.

Yalcin has called in to see Zehra and has been disturbed to find that there are bodyguards posted at the door by Kerem . What he hasn’t known is that Alice is being sheltered in their home. Alice has been greatly disturbed by some photographs of Bulent’s butterfly case which Yagmur has been investigating. The three onlookers are shocked that she has torn the pictures into shreds and have no idea why.

Kerem’s attempts to dazzle the art gallery curator with hi so-called artistic expertise and his apparently open cheque book get the same response as Aziz did when he tries to purchase the miniature on the spot. He will also need to wait for the auction and is shocked when the curator
calls him by his name. How does she know who he is? What part does she have to play?

Moving onto the Holding, Kerem warns Tahsin off interfering in his affairs though there seems to have been past collaborations between them which have been les than legitimate. Finding Tahsin snoozing in the director’s chair usually occupied by Aziz, he pleads with the inert body to allow him even a five-minute turn in the chair. This is Kerem at his sardonic and witty best, able always to call on his sense of the bizarre or ridiculous.

The “snake” Nehir gets a taste off Kerem’s tongue as well, and he finds out that Firat has been making waves both in the company and with Sultan who has been staying away from work. Sultan is with Ahmet and his brother as they work with some local children and it seems the gentle and quiet romance between the two young people is slowly growing.

Tensions between various players ramp up now. Kerem recruits Firat to break into the gallery and steal the miniature. Zehra and Hasibe have a standoff over Zehra’s protection of Feride. Alice is thrown into a state of terror at the presence of a butterfly in her bedroom and the snooping Hasibe almost discovers her hiding in Zehra’s home. As in the past Alice is rescued by her friend.

There is still discord between Feride and her father over her love for Aziz, but she is wearing his necklace again. She has told Aziz that she will never look away from him and that the right time will come for her to put her engagement ring back on.

Salih speaks of love, asking Ahmet whether he is in love. He may well be, but is unsure. As some of the features and characteristics of love are spoken about we are taken on a quick tour of our players to survey how they are faring in relation to love. Small vignettes which have few words but which leave us much to think about such as that between Kerem and his mother.

The break in at the gallery is unsuccessful and the miniature stays in the art gallery waiting to be auctioned. Kerem bursts into Firat’s garage physically attacking the would-be burglar. Bulent has been leaning on him and has his grandmother in thrall. His grandfather lets slip that Firat has been the original cause of Aneta’s memory loss. In a rage, Kerem holds a gun at Firat’s head.

Amongst her mother’s sewing patters, Feride has found an old newspaper clipping about the murder of the first Feride Caglar.

And Aziz has made the decision after the gift from Salih of the reminiscence, to return, driving his grandfather’s car, to the antique shop with Mehmet Sefik Korkmazer’s refurbished Satranc – I -Urefa board. From the way the two men look into one another’s eyes as the board is laid out, it seems both have been waiting for this moment.

Who killed the first Feride Caglar and why?
How did Firat damage Aneta’s memory?
Why does Bulent so desperately want the miniature?
Why has Salih allowed Aziz to bring Satranc-i-Urefa back to the antique shop?
Did Mehmet Sefik Korkmazer teach Salih on this board?
When will all the clocks move on from 6.00?

WRITTEN BY: Judith Kelleher



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