Downton Abbey: The Truth About Mary

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  1. jharper2 says:

    Note: Downton Finale is not next week. Next week is the oscars. Downton may go up against the Superbowl, but wisely declines to engage against the Oscars. Next week is Manners Minutiae at Downton with the Christmas weeper the following week.

  2. jharper2 says:

    Bertie is really none to bright. He thinks his distant cousin stayed in Morocco because of his artistic temperment. He went because it was far away and he enjoyed the fisherboys at sunset.
    It was, I think, Lord Fellowes homage to Brideshead Revisited where Lord Sebastien Flyte died in Morocco due to alcoholism and sadness at being banished for being gay.

    All episode, every one told Edith, to talk to Bertie about Marigold. It was really not that unusual of a situation to have a “ward” especially in the post war years, where there was much hand wringing and pearl clutching over the million “surplus women”. But of course she dithered and he, in his fatousness, decided that she meant to lie and trick him.

    But golly gumballs Mary, who brings up bastards at breakfast to the happy couple? Open secrets are secrets none the less, and are not talked about over the kippers.

    And Mary lecturing Mr Branson about the importance of money in landed families? Branson is first generation Irish peasant from a family with a small amount of land. When there is only a small amount of property, who you marry matters intensely. It so most be the right person, who can bring some resources and knowledge to the small holding.
    Tom is more deeply rooted in the land and farm than are any of the Crawleys. It is from the dirt that they are sustained, and it is their land that sustains them. Nobody is more tenacious of their land than the peasant smallholder, and all considerations must go down before the needs of the farm.

  3. ellenandjim says:

    A friend on Women Writers Across the Ages commented:

    ““I read and appreciated Anibundel’s review of the latest DA. I especially agreed with her observations that Edith has found an inner peace that Mary lacks, and that it roots, at least in part, in her knowledge she has found something she does well. Edith does radiate a generosity and kindness that rounds out her character, and we know that no matter what happens with Bertie, she will be OK.

    Mary is an unhappy person, lashing out. It’s hard to forgive what she did, not just because it was cruel but because it was self indulgent, low. I am trying to decide if Fellowes fully wanted to ritually humiliate her. There’s certainly an attempt at it. Choosing the lap dog, half a man former chauffeur to excoriate her (is this what his socialism has come to, scolding the daughter of a rich earl because she won’t marry down?) is an attempt to humiliate her, as is having Edith call her a bitch, but it never quite works. They are never quite going to bring down Mary. Is that Fellowes intention, not to bring her down?

    I agree too that this episode was action packed after several dull episodes. How will it all wrap up in the finale? So much to resolve, so little time!”

    • anibundel says:

      That’s partly why I didn’t cover the Granny return and Mary’s breakdown. Even though I think it was actually one of the most well acted scenes from Dockery and Smith all season, I was still so mad about everything else that i didn’t care if Mary was upset or crying or hurt.

  4. ellenandjim says:

    It may be the last episodes are super-packed because he is thinking of a movie. Such a master at spinning and delaying and engaging us in soap opera style, would surely know how to do this. Many of these actors and actresses will not go beyond British TV and will agree to be hired (especially if he pays). So then we can go on some more in our cinemas.

    Nowadays there are a number of TV programs which have spilled into cinema movies and vice versa began to happen in the 1970s. E.M.

  1. February 24, 2016

    […] To come down to these week’s themes, I thought again that Anibundel hit an important note when she remarked in her recaps of the last two episodes there’s something “emotionally horrific” about them (7: “But do they live happily ever after?”; 8: “The Truth about Mary”). […]