History Series / DowntonAbbey

17th Feb '17 5:06:20 AM daveryan3
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** Carson, [[spoiler: whose treatment of Thomas in season 6 drives him to attempt suicide.]]
12th Feb '17 1:24:34 PM morenohijazo
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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Mr Bates and Anna, Matthew and Mary, Branson and Sybil, and Robert and Jane. Edna and Branson. Answers in order: TheyDo, TheyDo, TheyDo... [[spoiler: until something terrible happens]], They Don’t. They Don’t.


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* TheWickedStage: It's revealed that the ComicallySerious head butler, Carson, was a vaudeville performer in his youth. Carson is [[OldShame deeply ashamed of this]]. The rest of the characters look on this revelation as amusing at worst, and Lord Grantham is actually quite impressed by it.


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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Mr Bates and Anna, Matthew and Mary, Branson and Sybil, and Robert and Jane. Edna and Branson. Answers in order: TheyDo, TheyDo, TheyDo... [[spoiler: until something terrible happens]], They Don’t. They Don’t.
10th Feb '17 4:23:21 AM YankeeDave
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Patrick Gordon is either Canadian or he's been living in Canada since the Titanic sank, depending on who he really is. At one point he says one of the very few words that Canadians pronounce differently from Americans - "house" - and he pronounces it like an American.
5th Feb '17 2:38:51 PM CMurr790
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** ''Marquess / Marchioness'' -- Shrimpie and Susan [=MacClare=], [[spoiler:Bertie Pelham]]

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** ''Marquess / Marchioness'' -- Shrimpie and Susan [=MacClare=], [[spoiler:Bertie Pelham]]Pelham and Lady Edith]]



** ''Baron'' -- Jinx Hepworth, Billy Allsopp

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** ''Baron'' -- Jinx Hepworth, Billy AllsoppAllsopp, Lord Merton and [[spoiler:Isobel]]



%%* DeadpanSnarker: Thomas, Miss O'Brien and the Dowager Countess.

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%%* * DeadpanSnarker: Thomas, Miss O'Brien and the Dowager Countess.
31st Dec '16 4:27:29 AM YankeeDave
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** Edith's plans to move to Detroit might sound like a bad case of CriticalResearchFailure - why would an earl's daughter ever want to move to a place whose name is synonymous with urban decay and high crime? But in fact, back in the 1920s, Detroit was one of America's most beautiful and affluent cities, known as "the Paris of the Midwest". So in fact it would be a perfect place for Edith to live a comfortable life and probably not be tracked down.
21st Dec '16 7:31:00 AM darkchiefy
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* AffairLetters: Thomas and the Duke of Crowborough were lovers once, and Thomas—who's a big fan of blackmail—and threatens the Duke, saying he'll show their letters. The Duke burns them before Thomas gets a chance, though.
16th Nov '16 5:09:00 PM Furienna
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* DeconstructedTrope: TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry, by showing us just how nasty it can get if the parents do nothing to stop it. Being the popular and beautiful sister, Mary believes that she is superior to HollywoodHomely Edith in every way. And she can see no other purpose for Edith ''existing'' than that she can use her as her personal punching bag to make herself feel better. And it becomes very clear [[TheUnfavorite that Edith also is Cora's least favorite daughter]], so she can get no sympathy from her either. Robert is a bit better, but he too dotes on Mary ([[TheDutifulSon who is the oldest daughter, who will do everything to keep the family estate running]]) and has little time for the unlucky middle child Edith. What should have only been a teenage grudge between the two sisters turns into a poisonous relationship, that will not change for the better until they have both reached their 30s.
11th Nov '16 12:48:50 PM HighCrate
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* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Sybil and Gwen. Whilst Mary and Edith partake in the TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry, Anna pines hopelessly after Mr Bates and Daisy is relentlessly manipulated by Thomas, it comes as a relief to watch Sybil and Gwen form an inter-class friendship based on Gwen's desire to become a typist and Sybil's interest in women's emancipation.
** Anna falls into this category -- she's shown to be an incredibly competent worker, a loyal friend and [[spoiler:a very dedicated wife. The scene where she demands that Bates marry her in Season 2 shows that she's no pushover. Then, with Bates in prison, she doesn't just sit around and mope but finds a way to prove his innocence.]]
** Mrs Hughes. Fabulous at her job as housekeeper, cool as a cucumber whenever there's a crisis and a definite TeamMom to the house staff. In Season 1 she had a chance to marry a man she liked, but turned him down because she realized she was much happier at Downton as a working woman.
** Edith starts to move in this direction in Season 3, when she follows in her younger sister's footsteps by writing a letter to the ''Times'' criticising the limitations of the government's attempt at women's suffrage (which restricted it to women over 30 who owned a certain amount of property). Arguably a way to redeem the character in the eyes of this trope after she spent the first few episodes of the series chasing Sir Anthony [[spoiler: and then acting like her life was over when he jilted her at the altar]]. Either that, or the writers are just giving her the plots that [[spoiler: would have gone to Sybil had she not been written off the show]].
21st Oct '16 9:47:36 PM nombretomado
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* BritishAccents: There are a fair few examples on offer -- from [[AhPea RP]] (Robert's family and guests), [[OopNorth Yorkshire]] (Alfred and Mr Mason are ''especially'' bucolic), Glaswegian (Miss Shore) and West Scots (Mrs Hughes).
24th Jul '16 5:45:29 AM eroock
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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: There are no "arranged" marriages in this show, exactly, but a couple of them border on this trope, having been set up for reasons unrelated to love:
** From the first time Matthew is introduced on the show, the older Granthams try to push him and Mary together, entirely out of convenience's sake (the marriage would keep the estate in the family). Fortunately, they turn out to fall deeply in love with each other anyway.
** For that matter, Robert's backstory is that he wedded Cora entirely because he needed to [[GoldDigger marry a rich girl]] to [[ImpoverishedPatrician maintain his aristocratic lifestyle]]. When we first meet them, however, he and his wife have been a loving happy couple for decades, and he considers his initial motivations deeply shameful.

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: There are no "arranged" marriages in this show, exactly, but a couple of them border on this trope, having been set up for reasons unrelated to love:
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From the first time Matthew is introduced on the show, the older Granthams try to push him and Mary together, entirely out of convenience's sake (the marriage would keep the estate in the family). Fortunately, they turn out to fall deeply in love with each other anyway. \n** For that matter, Robert's backstory is that he wedded Cora entirely because he needed to [[GoldDigger marry a rich girl]] to [[ImpoverishedPatrician maintain his aristocratic lifestyle]]. When we first meet them, however, he and his wife have been a loving happy couple for decades, and he considers his initial motivations deeply shameful.
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