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Post  Lady Arabella Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:27 pm

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Did anyone see the show just before this week's episode, about the American heiresses marrying the British aristocrats? I only caught the last half-hour, but it was interesting!
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Post  Solitaire Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:34 pm

The big Lady Sybil spoiler seemed to be posted everywhere, so I do know what's coming there. However, I haven't seen any others.
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About Lady Edith's future ... I would not be surprised if Edith were to be the sister who comes out "on top," in the long run. Perhaps she will be the sister who eventually has a son to inherit Downton! I'm betting that, in the end, she will do something great. Perhaps she will be the one to help prove Bates is innocent and spring him from prison.

I still think Bates's life is in danger in prison, and I still believe Sir Richard had something to do with Vera's death, even if he didn't personally kill her. (I'm not convinced that he didn't, mind you. We know he was ruthless with Mary, and he had something on Lady Lavinia, as well. He was seen threatening Vera with regard to the info on Bates, so ... we know that was a possibility, even if the police do not know.)

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Post  Mrs. Sirius Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:27 am

Love it, love it. Ed Speleers who played Eragon is the new, what footman? Well he is a cutie. What a fall from Dragonslayer to servant! Glad Edith is finding her voice.

The financial thing is really interesting with Lord Grantham and Lady Mary one side Matthew on the other.

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Post  Solitaire Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:36 pm

Downton was interesting last night.
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Post  Lady Arabella Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:50 pm

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Post  Mrs. Sirius Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:30 pm

oops, let's try that again.

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Post  Lady Arabella Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:32 pm

Mrs. Sirius, that is a very interesting observation! A modern corporation, especially when it's the major employer in a small town, is very similar. And the CEO's typically live in a manner very different from the main body of workers, and have no idea how the rest of the world lives.

From an American mindset, with a corporation focusing on economic profit, or at least efficiency, it's hard to understand why the "CEO's" of an estate wouldn't make the estate profitable. But trying to think like a medieval person, the titles and estates were grants from the monarch to supporters - or acquired through marriage. In exchange, the nobility had to provide a certain number of knights in arms if the king went off to war. I suppose if one never had to pay for the land, or work to acquire it, the profitability of the estate isn't part of the equation. The nobility would think "ownership," not "stewardship," and they didn't acquire the land from the perspective of earning a living off of it.

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Post  Solitaire Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:10 pm

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Post  Lady Arabella Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:45 pm

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Post  Solitaire Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:38 am

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Post  Lady Arabella Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:56 pm

Solitaire, that was an interesting article! And what struck me is how relevant it is to today's world - in the sense that products and food are being shipped at great distance, from areas of cheaper labor, and undermining the local economy. Even in California, a prime agricultural area, our markets are full produce from Chile! (Of course it's summer in Chile when it's winter here, but we also get a lot of produce from Mexico.)

(I didn't put this in a spoiler box, since it didn't pertain to the show)
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Post  Lady Arabella Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:50 pm

Sesame Street's take on Downton Abbey. Too funny!

"On your head, mum."

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/downton-abbey-gets-sesame-street-treatment-video-200451437.html
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Post  Solitaire Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:38 pm

I take it that's Maggie Smith's character ... Violet! Wink

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Post  Solitaire Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:10 am

Wow! Last night was certainly packed with lots of goodies. Read at your own risk.
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Post  Lady Arabella Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:08 pm

Did anyone see the special on Chatsworth, which was broadcast before Downton Abbey? I think someone must have been reading over our shoulder about how Downton Abbey pays for itself!!

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Post  Solitaire Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:16 am

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Post  shepherdess Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:31 am

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Post  shepherdess Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:31 pm

I feel funny making predictions when I know there are people who could read them and tell me right now if they're right or wrong. lol. But here are some of my thughts:

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Post  Solitaire Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:14 pm

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Post  Solitaire Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:13 pm

Okay, my thoughts on Sunday night's episode ...
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Post  Lady Arabella Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:20 pm

Pre-Downton Abbey: I enjoyed the Chatsworth episode, although what the staff was thinking of, putting that wrinkled tablecoth on the table, is beyond me. Couldn't they launder it to remove the excess old starch, or is the fabric too delicate? (If it is too delicate, it's not much use . . .)

On to Downton Abbey . . . .
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Post  Lady Arabella Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:48 pm

I was thinking about Bates and Vera . . .

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Post  Mrs. Sirius Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:11 pm

Lady Arabella wrote:I was thinking about Bates and Vera . . .

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Post  Verity Weasley Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:46 am

As for Robert's understanding about Thomas...

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Post  Lady Arabella Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:01 pm

Verity Weasley wrote:As for Robert's understanding about Thomas...

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