i'm immensely saddened by the fact that i am nearly caught up with all the streaming episodes of downton abbey online and will soon have to bear the horror of waiting 6 months before the start of its 3rd season. i love this series for its depiction of the end of 19th century aristocracy, social class, romance, pretty dresses, english accents, gentility and intertwining drama.
i also love each of the character's development throughout the seasons. one of my favorite characters is the dowager countess played by maggie smith (professor mcgonagall!!) who has some of the greatest one-liners in mini-series history. in a scene the dowager countess, finds her granddaughter edith (who happens to be a middle child) arranging wedding presents for her cousin matthew and fretting over her future as a spinster.
violet: don't worry, your turn will come.classic. so with that, let us never give up the struggle. onward!
edith: will it? or am i just to be the maid and aunt? isn't this what they do? arrange presents for their prettier relations.
violet: don't be defeatist, it's very middle class