Possibly the hallucination was born from Ross' deeply buried desire of wanting to claim Valentine as his son. A desire buried so deep because his protectiveness of Demelza's feelings wouldn't allow it to surface, much less face. Only on the day of Valentine's funeral does he say to himself that he lost a son. Oh, it's all so sad.
1 - Valentine was there just as Ross experienced it.
2 - Ross hallucinated the entire thing. And....
3 - Something supernatural occurred at the point of Valentine's death??????
So what would that look like? What's your theory?
I also would like them to have had a tender moment. As I read the fire scene I felt so glad that Valentine knew Ross had gone in after him, and then being let down that it seems it didn't happen that way.
One consolation is that we know Ross will continue to have an interest for Georgie. Although that can't please Demelza too much.
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