History Series / DowntonAbbey

13th Dec '17 1:47:18 PM Xtifr
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** The name "Kemal Pamuk" sounds suspiciously like a composite of the names of two famous Turks, Kemal Atatürk (the founder of the Republic of Turkey) and Orhan Pamuk (a Nobel-winning novelist), despite the fact that Ottomans didn't have official surnames; and even though some wealthy and powerful families would have unofficial family names, those names would be nowhere near as plain and simple as the single word "pamuk", which means "cotton" in Turkish.

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** The name "Kemal Pamuk" sounds suspiciously like a composite of the names of two famous Turks, Kemal Atatürk (the founder of the Republic of Turkey) and Orhan Pamuk Creator/OrhanPamuk (a Nobel-winning novelist), despite the fact that Ottomans didn't have official surnames; and even though some wealthy and powerful families would have unofficial family names, those names would be nowhere near as plain and simple as the single word "pamuk", which means "cotton" in Turkish.
3rd Dec '17 1:44:39 AM YankeeDave
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** Violet's stern reminder to Edith that "You are not Toad of Toad Hall"; the A.A. Milne play of that title wasn't published until 1929. This one is problematic in that theoretically, Violet could be referring to Literature/TheWindInTheWillows, which was already well known when that scene takes place (although it strains credulity that Violet would know anything about a children's book published decades after her own childhood). But her choice of words - not to mention the fact that in real life, Julian Fellowes produced a musical version of Toad of Toad Hall, suggests she is probably alluding to the play rather than the book.
4th Nov '17 6:54:19 AM jamespolk
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** Robert originally married Cora for her fortune.



** In the Season 4 finale a broke British lord pursues Martha Levinson and pushes his daughter at her son Harold.


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** In the Season 4 finale a broke British lord pursues Martha Levinson and pushes his daughter at her son Harold.
3rd Nov '17 6:41:14 AM XFllo
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* AgeGapRomance:
** Lady Edith Crawley (in her 20s) and Sir Anthony Strallan (in his 50s, and widowed). Within her family, this was actually considered a fairly decent match for Edith before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the War]], in large part because her family thought Edith, being "less pretty" than her sisters and a bit tomboyish and abrasive, couldn't do any better than a middle-aged widower. After the War, though, Sir Anthony came back with a crippled arm, and the family decided--and Sir Anthony recognised--that the match was no longer any good, as Edith would have to be a nursemaid to him rather than a wife. Edith refused to believe this until Sir Anthony jilted her at the altar.
** Anna Smith, a head maid, falls in love with and later marries John Bates, the valet to the Earl. He is about two decades older than her. He is troubled by his past, but they are both very happy together.
19th Oct '17 12:22:03 PM TomSFox
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** What's that Robert? something sounds "a bit dodgy"? Not in 1923, sir.
11th Sep '17 9:53:27 AM GrammarNavi
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** It's seen as somewhat odd that Matthew would continue his practice as a solicitor, ([[{{Irony}} considered a distinctly un-prestigious middle-class profession in Britain at the time]]). The problem isn't with him being a lawyer, but rather a solicitor. It wouldn't have been terribly strange had Matthew been a ''[[BritishCourts barrister]]'', which was one of the few professions which the gentry could take without shame -- particularly because it was the best way to get into politics and pretty much the only way to get into the judiciary. Solicitors had back then little chance of advancement outside of becoming a better-known solicitor (unless they sought to become barristers, which they could,[[note]]Having read law, a solicitor is eligible to join an Inn of Court and study to become a barrister.[[/note]] but it was difficult) and they were viewed with a skewed eye by most upper-class English in those days.

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** It's seen as somewhat odd that Matthew would continue his practice as a solicitor, ([[{{Irony}} considered a distinctly un-prestigious middle-class profession in Britain at the time]]). The problem isn't with him being a lawyer, but rather a solicitor. It wouldn't have been terribly strange had Matthew been a ''[[BritishCourts ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishCourts barrister]]'', which was one of the few professions which the gentry could take without shame -- particularly because it was the best way to get into politics and pretty much the only way to get into the judiciary. Solicitors had back then little chance of advancement outside of becoming a better-known solicitor (unless they sought to become barristers, which they could,[[note]]Having read law, a solicitor is eligible to join an Inn of Court and study to become a barrister.[[/note]] but it was difficult) and they were viewed with a skewed eye by most upper-class English in those days.
16th Jul '17 6:42:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BloodierAndGorier: Episode 5 of Series 6 has been dubbed the Series' most shocking episode yet; [[spoiler: having suffered with a mystery stomach complaint throughout the first half of the series, in episode 5 Robert literally ''vomits'' blood all over the dinner table, and many of the guests assembled when his stomach ulcer bursts. It was a moment of pure visceral gore that audiences are more used to seeing on something like ''GameOfThrones'' than a cosy, chocolate box episode of everyone’s favourite period drama.]]

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* BloodierAndGorier: Episode 5 of Series 6 has been dubbed the Series' most shocking episode yet; [[spoiler: having suffered with a mystery stomach complaint throughout the first half of the series, in episode 5 Robert literally ''vomits'' blood all over the dinner table, and many of the guests assembled when his stomach ulcer bursts. It was a moment of pure visceral gore that audiences are more used to seeing on something like ''GameOfThrones'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'' than a cosy, chocolate box episode of everyone’s favourite period drama.]]
13th Jul '17 6:16:00 PM LyraGRowin
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* ADayInHerApron: In season 6, Mrs. Hughes gets fed up with Carson complaining about her cooking, so she fakes a wrist injury to force him to make dinner. He gets visibly flustered and exhausted, and shuts up after that.
6th Jul '17 2:34:22 PM LyraGRowin
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* CharacterShilling: Henry Talbot is nice enough, but in season 6 several characters (particularly Tom) go on and on about how perfect he is for Mary, despite only a few unremarkable scenes of them flirting being shown on screen. Granted, [[spoiler, they do seem HappilyMarried]] in the series finale, but the buildup could have been done better.

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* CharacterShilling: Henry Talbot is nice enough, but in season 6 several characters (particularly Tom) go on and on about how perfect he is for Mary, despite only a few unremarkable scenes of them flirting being shown on screen. Granted, [[spoiler, [[spoiler: they do seem HappilyMarried]] in the series finale, but the buildup could have been done better.
6th Jul '17 2:33:50 PM LyraGRowin
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* CharacterShilling: Henry Talbot is nice enough, but in season 6 several characters (particularly Tom) go on and on about how perfect he is for Mary, despite only a few unremarkable scenes of them flirting being shown on screen. Granted, [[spoiler, they do seem HappilyMarried]] in the series finale, but the buildup could have been done better.
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