History Headscratchers / DowntonAbbey

14th Jun '18 8:53:04 PM danlansdowne
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** I'm quite sure the show never actually addressed this, but my guess is Robert would just as soon eat the cost if it meant never having anything to do with Anthony again. (Remember he found out immediately after Edith was jilted - literally minutes after - that Matthew was going to accept Lavinia's inheritance and they wouldn't have to sell after all. With that weight lifted off his shoulders, what's so bad about a wedding breakfast that ended up going to the servants?)

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** I'm quite sure the show never actually addressed this, but my guess is Robert would just as soon eat the cost if it meant never having anything to do with Anthony again. (Remember he found out immediately after Edith was jilted - literally minutes after - that Matthew was going to accept Lavinia's inheritance and they wouldn't have to sell after all. With that weight lifted off his shoulders, what's so bad about a wedding breakfast that ended up going to the servants?)servants?)

* If Robert was an Earl, presumably he would have been entitled to sit in the House of Lords. Why did he never do so?
7th Feb '18 7:30:02 AM DeanMT94
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** Don't forget that the Queen Consort to George VII was Mary of Teck, and the UK has had two Queen Marys as well as a number of princesses. Queen Victoria's youngest daughter was Beatrice Mary. It's hardly unusual to name your daughter after the Royal Family.

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** Don't forget that the Queen Consort to George VII V was Mary of Teck, and the UK has had two Queen Marys as well as a number of princesses. Queen Victoria's youngest daughter was Beatrice Mary. It's hardly unusual to name your daughter after the Royal Family.
18th Nov '17 2:23:48 AM YankeeDave
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* Did Anthony Strallan reimburse the Crawleys the cost of the wedding after he jilted Edith at the altar?

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* Did Anthony Strallan reimburse the Crawleys the cost of the wedding after he jilted Edith at the altar?altar?
** I'm quite sure the show never actually addressed this, but my guess is Robert would just as soon eat the cost if it meant never having anything to do with Anthony again. (Remember he found out immediately after Edith was jilted - literally minutes after - that Matthew was going to accept Lavinia's inheritance and they wouldn't have to sell after all. With that weight lifted off his shoulders, what's so bad about a wedding breakfast that ended up going to the servants?)
9th Nov '17 7:58:22 PM LaughingGiraffe
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*** To add, Carlisle's motivation for most of his behaviour/threats was desperately trying to keep Mary one way or another. Once he knew she was gone, it almost seemed to be a weight off his shoulders.

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*** To add, Carlisle's motivation for most of his behaviour/threats was desperately trying to keep Mary one way or another.another - he admits that he did really love her and want her to be happy. Once he knew she was gone, it almost seemed to be a weight off his shoulders.
16th Jun '17 3:18:52 PM habby
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** Even with the injury, her objections make little sense given the social aftermath of WWI. England had a "surplus" of about two million women, and around 30% of Edith's generation never married at all. Strallan was injured, but was able to live independently, and was a far better alternative to staying single.
** You may be underestimating how people used to feel about cripples. Among the upper class, it was a life-ending deal.

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** *** Even with the injury, her objections make little sense given the social aftermath of WWI. England had a "surplus" of about two million women, and around 30% of Edith's generation never married at all. Strallan was injured, but was able to live independently, and was a far better alternative to staying single.
** **** You may be underestimating how people used to feel about cripples. Among the upper class, it was a life-ending deal.deal.
** Note also Strallan's oft-professed reluctance the second time around, he repeatedly told Robert and other members of the family (presumably including Violet) about his concerns well before the wedding.



** Carlisle never went through with it -- he threatened it, but by the time they call quits on their relationship in the Series 1 Christmas Special, he has calmed down a lot and leaves Downton with a fairly triumphant comment about he how will re-sell Haxby Park (the house he bought for he and Mary) at a profit. As a man motivated by money, this softens the blow of losing Mary.

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** Carlisle never went through with it -- he threatened it, but by the time they call quits on their relationship in the Series 1 2 Christmas Special, he has calmed down a lot and leaves Downton with a fairly triumphant comment about he how will re-sell Haxby Park (the house he bought for he and Mary) at a profit. As a man motivated by money, this softens the blow of losing Mary.
*** To add, Carlisle's motivation for most of his behaviour/threats was desperately trying to keep Mary one way or another. Once he knew she was gone, it almost seemed to be a weight off his shoulders.
16th Jun '17 2:52:30 PM LupineMoon
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** Purely anecdotal, but in my experience Jews who don't keep kosher are just as proud of their faith as those who do. Given the amount of persecution they've been through, they kind of have to be.

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** Purely anecdotal, but in my experience Jews who don't keep kosher are just as proud of their faith as those who do. Given the amount of persecution they've been through, they kind of have to be.be.

* Did Anthony Strallan reimburse the Crawleys the cost of the wedding after he jilted Edith at the altar?
14th Apr '17 4:09:29 AM YankeeDave
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** Tea with milk is kosher as kosher is about separating meat and dairy. It's also very likely that Lord Sinderby isn't very strict as Jews who are strict about keeping kosher generally don't accept the hospitality of non-Jews. This is due to the unavoidable contamination of dairy and meat in not just food preparation but with the china, silverware etc.

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** Tea with milk is kosher as kosher is about separating meat and dairy. It's also very likely that Lord Sinderby isn't very strict as Jews who are strict about keeping kosher generally don't accept the hospitality of non-Jews. This is due to the unavoidable contamination of dairy and meat in not just food preparation but with the china, silverware etc.etc.
** Purely anecdotal, but in my experience Jews who don't keep kosher are just as proud of their faith as those who do. Given the amount of persecution they've been through, they kind of have to be.
20th Mar '17 2:54:23 PM ivymutant
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** No, she would be Marchioness Hexham because a Marquess, who she is marrying, outranks an Earl, who she is the daughter of. The higher ranked title takes precedence. However, she would be addressed as Lady Hexham in conversation. Because British titles are weird and like to call everyone Lord/Lady in many circumstances, whatever their actual rank.
12th Mar '17 7:23:08 PM LupineMoon
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** OP here. So does that mean that because - if I understand correctly - Bertie Pelham as the Marquess of Hexham who outranks her, she is Lady Hexham and not Lady Edith?
20th Dec '16 11:06:43 AM Xtifr
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** They should use ReversePsychology while they were at it like the fathers in ''TheFantasticks'': forbid the children from each other ''because'' they wanted to get them together.

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** They should use ReversePsychology while they were at it like the fathers in ''TheFantasticks'': ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'': forbid the children from each other ''because'' they wanted to get them together.
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