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Robert Crawley (Character)
from "Downton Abbey" (2010)

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"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.1" (2010)
[news of the sinking of the Titanic has just reached Downton Abbey]
Lady Edith Crawley: I thought it was supposed to be unsinkable.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Every mountain is "unclimbable" until someone climbs it. So every ship is "unsinkable" until it sinks.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It does seem odd that my third cousin should be a doctor.
George Murray: There are worse professions.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Indeed.

Mr. Carson: We may have to have a maid in the dining room.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world.
Mr. Carson: Not worse than a maid serving a duke.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Do you miss the army, Bates?
John Bates: I miss a lot of things, but you have to keep moving, don't you.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [Speaking to Lady Grantham, who has responded to a summons to speak with Violet] Tell her about James and Patrick-she won't have heard.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [Scene switches to Drawing Room]
[Speaking to Lady Grantham]
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Of course I've heard! Why else would I be here?

Mr. Carson: My Lord, would it be acceptable for Bates to ride in front with Taylor? Otherwise it means getting the other car out. He and His Grace are catching the same train.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Perfectly acceptable and if His Grace doesn't like it, he can lump it.

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Don't you care about Downton?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What do you think? I have given my life to Downton. I was born here, and I hope to die here. I claim no career beyond the nurture of this house and the estate. It's my third parent and my fourth child.

Duke of Crowborough: You'll give up your entire estate - your wife's money into the bargain -to a perfect stranger ? You won't even put up a fight?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I hope he proves to be perfect, but I rather doubt it.
Duke of Crowborough: Very odd thing to joke about .
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No odder than this conversation.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.4" (2010)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: If I'd made my own fortune and bought Downton for myself it should be yours without question, but I did not. My fortune is the work of others who laboured to build a great dynasty. Do I have the right to destroy their work or impoverish that dynasty? I am a custodian, my dear, not an owner. I must strive to be worthy of the task I've been set. If I could take Mama's money out of the estates Downton would have to be sold to pay for it. Is that what you want? To see Matthew a landless peer with a title, but no means to pay for it?

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Won't you miss Ireland?
Tom Branson: Ireland, yes. But not the job. The mistress was a nice lady, but she only had one car and she wouldn't let me drive it over 20 miles an hour. So it was a bit... well, boring, so to speak.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [about Branson, the new chauffeur] He seems a bright spark after poor old Taylor. And to think Taylor's gone off to run a tea shop. I cannot feel it will make for a very restful retirement, can you?
Charlie Carson: I would rather be put to death, m'Lord.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: ...Quite so.

Matthew Crawley: The question is, what do I say to Cousin Violet?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Oh, don't worry about that. I can handle her.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [Violet enters the room] Really? Well if you can, you must have learned to *very* recently.

Lady Mary Crawley: The only one who never sticks up for me in all this is you. Why is that?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: You are my darling daughter and I love you, hard as it is for an Englishman to say the words.

Lady Mary Crawley: So, I am just to find a husband and get out of the way?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: You could stay here if you married Matthew,
Lady Mary Crawley: You know my character father, Father. I'd never marry a man that I was told to. I'm stubborn. I wish I wasn't, but I am.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [speaking of his former chauffeur] And to think Taylor's gone off to run a tea shop! I cannot feel it would make for a restful retirement, can you?
Charlie Carson: [hyperbolically] I would rather be put to death, My Lord.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.7" (2012)
[the estate manager has resigned because of Matthew's proposed changes, and Cora and Violet suggest that Robert offers the job to Tom]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I'll do it on one condition - no, two. First, Matthew must agree.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: He will.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Second, you will both admit it when you realise you were wrong.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, well, that is an easy caveat to accept, because I'm *never* wrong.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [Edith is considering writing for a newspaper] Mama, talk to her. Talk to all of them. Say something sensible.
Isobel Crawley: Yes, let's hear how a woman's place is in the home.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I do think a woman's place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there.
Lady Edith Crawley: Oh Granny! Thank you!
Isobel Crawley: [to Violet] Have you changed your pills?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [chuckles]
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: And another thing. I mean, Edith isn't getting any younger. Perhaps she isn't cut out for domestic life.
Lady Edith Crawley: [sighs]

George Murray: ...the third Earl nearly went bankrupt, the 4th only saved the estate by dying, and what would you all have done in the '90s without Lady Grantham's money?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I say, Murray, when I asked you to say what you think, I didn't mean to be taken literally.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [to Cora and the Dowager about acceding to their request to put Tom in charge of the estate] Second, you will both admit it when you realize you were wrong.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, well, that is an easy caveat to accept because I'm never wrong.

Lady Mary Crawley: It seems a pity that even in this pretty little village people can be so unforgiving.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Some people are unforgiving. Others are insensitive,


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.8" (2011)
[during dinner, several of the Grantham family have been stricken with Spanish flu]
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Wasn't there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [sarcastically] Thank you, Mama. That's cheered us up no end.

Jane Moorsum: [as he appears to offer her a piece of paper or his man in town after she tells him she intend to resign] You don't owe me anything.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It's not for you; it's for Freddie. Let me give him a start in life.
Jane Moorsum: I'm not sure.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It would make me very happy.
Jane Moorsum: If I thought that, then I'd take it gladly.
Jane Moorsum: [after a pause Robert nods affirmatively] Will you be happy?... Will you?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I have no right to be unhappy, which is almost the same...
Jane Moorsum: Almost. Not quite.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I suppose you'll be going to Dublin now?
Lady Sybil Crawley: In a day or two. Mama is well again and I see no reason to delay. Though I do wish we could have parted friends.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Do you wish to part friends?
Tom Branson: I do. Though I don't expect it.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: All right.
Lady Sybil Crawley: What?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Well, if I can't stop you I see no point in a quarrel. It'll be a very different life to the one you might have had but if you're sure it's what you want.
Lady Sybil Crawley: I am.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Then you may take my blessing with you. Whatever it may mean.
Lady Sybil Crawley: Oh, Papa! It means more than anything! More than anything!
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: If you mistreat her, I will personally have you torn to pieces by wild dogs.
Tom Branson: I'd expect nothing less.
Lady Sybil Crawley: Will you come over for the wedding?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: We'll see, we'll talk about that later. And there'll be some money but not much.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [referring to Sybil] She's a wonderful nurse and she's worked very hard, but in the process she's forgotten who she is.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Has she, Robert, or have we overlooked who she really is?

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [despairing] God Almighty, how can this be? My whole life gone over a cliff in the course of a single day!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.2" (2014)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I don't envy you, I'm not good at abroad.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Tell your friend Bricker to stop flirting with Isis. There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of someone else's dog.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [after hearing HM King George V's radio broadcast, the very first for a royal] A king on the wireless!
Charles Carson: I prefer to think of him on the throne, milord.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [to Cora about all the guests they've been getting] Do people think that we're some sort of hotel that never presents a bill?

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of someone's else's dog!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.7" (2010)
Lady Mary Crawley: I hope you know that really smart people sleep in separate rooms.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I always keep the dressing room bed made up so I at least pretend we sleep in separate rooms. Isn't that enough?
Lady Mary Crawley: No. Never mind.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Pregnant?
Cora, Countess of Grantham: You needn't be quite so shocked.

[last lines]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: My lords, ladies, and gentlemen. May I have your attention, please? Because I very much regret to announce that we are now at war with Germany.

Dr. Clarkson: [referring to Cora's pregnancy] It's not unusual, Lord Vis...
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Unusual? It's *biblical*!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.2" (2010)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I thought you didn't like him.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: So what? I have plenty of friends I don't like.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [to Matthew] We all have different parts to play, Matthew, and we should all be allowed to play them.

Mr. Carson: I take it my resignation has not been accepted.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: We all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished.

Matthew Crawley: I've got a job in Ripon. I've said I'll start tomorrow.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: A *job*?


"Downton Abbey: A Moorland Holiday (#5.9)" (2014)
Lady Edith Crawley: Papa? Is something the matter?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No, nothing's the matter, and that's what I want to make clear.
Lady Edith Crawley: I don't understand. What's this about?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Marigold.
Lady Edith Crawley: I see. And what do you want to say about Marigold.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I think you know what I want to say, what I want you to say.
Lady Edith Crawley: I can't give her up.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Of course not. Have you told Tom?
Lady Edith Crawley: No, but he might have guessed.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: So now everyone knows.
Lady Edith Crawley: Everyone except Mary.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [Nods]
Lady Edith Crawley: I want your forgiveness, Papa. Am I allowed to say that still?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It's not the way I'd have had things, I won't lie to you about that. But this is what's happened. I believe Michael Gregson was on honourable man.
Lady Edith Crawley: Oh, he was, Papa; he really was. He would have married me as soon as he could. I know that.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I think so too. So now we must do the best for his child, for his sake, as well as yours.
Lady Edith Crawley: That's so lovely of you!
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: But I think we should keep it in the family. Even in 1924, there are plenty of people who might be unpleasant.
Lady Edith Crawley: But... do you forgive me, Papa?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Oh, my darling. I'm sure I need your forgiveness quite as much as you need mine. Now, go to bed
[He kisses her forehead]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: and sleep well.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What do you think I should do?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: What you should do is easy - tell the police - but what I would do is keep it secret until we know more.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Thank heaven we both have a criminal turn of mind.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [to Banson] A vino veritas - in wine, truth.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.4" (2012)
Archbishop of York: I don't want to sound anti-Catholic.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Why not? I am.
Archbishop of York: Not in any real way, I'm sure.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I don't want thumb screws or the rack, but there always seems to be something of Johnny Foreigner about the Catholics.

Tom Branson: Those places are different for me. I don't look at them and see charm and gracious living - I see something horrible.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: With Drumgold Castle, I rather agree.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Mama, you are *not* helping.

Matthew Crawley: So what was the deal you managed to extract from the Home Secretary?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: They don't want to make a martyr of him
[Tom]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: .
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: ...and with Sybil, they think they could have another Maud Gonne on their hands, or Lady Gregory, or worse if they're not careful.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Lady Gregory, Countess Markievicz - why are the Irish rebels so well born?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Whatever the reason, I don't want Lady Sybil Branson to join their ranks. Mercifully, neither do the Irish authorities.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.4" (2015)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Mama is on old intriguer. She will use tears or terror in equal measure.

Tom Branson: I bought some sandwiches and ate in the car.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: You're a braver man than I, Gunga Din.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Really, Robert, you paint me as such a schemer.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No one has sharper eyes than a loving son.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: You read that somewhere!
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Why do you think I can never make anything up?


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.5" (2010)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Really, Mary, I wish you wouldn't talk like that. There will come a day when someone thinks you really mean what you say.
Lady Mary Crawley: It can't come soon enough.

Lady Mary Crawley: How many times am I to be ordered to marry the man sitting next to me at dinner?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: As many times as it takes.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [referring to Mary] She ought to marry. Talk to her.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: She never listens to me. If she did, she'd marry Matthew.


"Downton Abbey: Christmas Special (#6.9)" (2015)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I think the more adaptable we are, the more chance we have of getting through.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: We'll do it !

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [referring to the Marquess] He's painted himself into a corner.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I know. Why can't men paint themselves out of a corner?

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I just think it's a bit hasty.
Lady Edith Crawley: Hasty? I think I've been about as hasty a a glacier.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.1" (2012)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Are you really telling me that all the money is gone?
George Murray: I'm afraid so.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: The lion's share of Cora's fortune?
[Murray nods yes]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I won't give in, Murray. I've sacrificed too much to Downton to give in now. I refuse to be the failure - the earl who dropped the torch and let the flame go out.
George Murray: I hate to state the obvious, but if there's not enough money to run it, Downton must go... unless you break it up and sell it off piece-meal.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I couldn't do that; I have a duty beyond saving my own skin. The estate must be a major employer and support the house, or there's no point to it - to any of it.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Hello Mama, can I tempt you to one of these new cocktails?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I don't think so - they look too exciting for so early in the evening...


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.6" (2010)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Poor old Edith. We never seem to talk about her.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: I'm afraid Edith will be the one to care for us in our old age.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What a ghastly prospect!

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I think I owe you an apology after the way I spoke at dinner.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: The next time you want to treat me like a naughty school girl you might do it in private, not in front of the servants.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: You're right, I'm sorry.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: Of course it gave your mother her best evening since Christmas...


"Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey (#2.9)" (2011)
Sir Richard Carlisle: Why do we have to serve ourselves at luncheon?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It's a Downton tradition. They have their feast at lunchtime and we have ours in the evening.
Sir Richard Carlisle: But why can't they eat earlier and serve us like they usually do?
Lady Mary Crawley: Because it's Christmas Day!
Sir Richard Carlisle: It's not how we'll do it at Haxby.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Which I can easily believe.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Do you recall a Turkish diplomat who stayed here before the War?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I think I can be relied on to remember any guest who is found dead in his bed the next morning.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.3" (2011)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [authoritatively to Dr. Clarkson] Now I think perhaps I should make one thing clear. Downton is our house and our home and we will welcome in it any friends or relations we choose and if you do not care to accept that condition then I suggest you give orders for the nurses and the patients and the beds and the rest of it to be packed up and shipped out at once.

Isobel Crawley: One more thing. The dog. What can we do to stop Isis from getting into the patients bedrooms?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [authoritatively to Mrs. Crawley] I can answer that - absolutely nothing!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.2" (2012)
[talking about Martha Levinson who is being insufferable]
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [whispers] Just how long is she here for?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [whispers] Who knows.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [whispers] No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure being settled.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [whispers] You won't get any argument from me.

Martha Levinson: I'm sorry I can't help you keep Downton, Robert.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [in a moment of realization] That's what Mary wanted. Ah, I thought there was something.
Martha Levinson: You know the way to deal with the world today is not to ignore it. If you do, you'll just get yourself hurt...
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Sometimes I feel like a creature in the wilds whose natural habitat is gradually being destroyed.
Martha Levinson: Some animals adapt to new surroundings. It seems a better choice than extinction.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I don't think it is a choice. I think it's what's in you.
Martha Levinson: Well, let's hope what's in you will carry us through these times to a safer shire.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.3" (2010)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [referring to the death] Is everyone all right downstairs?
Charles Carson: Well, you know, he was a handsome stranger from foreign parts one minute, and the next he was dead as a doornail... It's bound to be a shock.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.6" (2012)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Robert, people like us are *never* unhappily married.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What do we do if we are?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well, in those moments, a couple is unable to see as much of each other as they would like.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.1" (2011)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Good morning, Mama. This is very early for you to be up and about.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: War makes early risers of us all.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.2" (2015)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I wish I could remind your mother we're on the same side.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I doubt it - when it comes to sides Mother is a law unto herself.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.8" (2015)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Gratham: [to Edith as she enters the room] Did you get hold of him?
Lady Edith Crawley: Yes, he's coming down tomorrow on the first leg of his trip to Tangiers. I've asked him here.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Good.
Tom Branson: How is he?
Lady Edith Crawley: [sighing] Sad, he loved his cousin. And it was all so quick. The trouble is, they've already buried him, and Bertie's not quite sure what to do.
Isobel Crawley: Well, that's ordinary in hot countries, it won't mean any disrespect.
Lady Edith Crawley: No, but should they leave him there?
Lady Mary Crawley: Surely the decision is down to the new marquess, not to Bertie.
Lady Edith Crawley: [hesitantly] Well, that's the thing. He is the new marquess... Bertie.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Gratham: [Mary looks dumbfounded] Bertie Pelham is now the Marquess of Hexham?
Lady Edith Crawley: Yes.
Lady Mary Crawley: Nonsense, he's having you on. He'd have told you if he was the heir.
Lady Edith Crawley: He did tell me, but his cousin was in his thirties, and they all knew the girl he was going to marry.
Lady Mary Crawley: But that's absurd. If Bertie's a marquess, then Edith...
Robert Crawley, Earl of Gratham: [interrupting joyfully] Edith would outrank us all, yes, that's right!
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [Everyone smiles, thrilled with the news] Was he a close relation?
Lady Edith Crawley: Second cousin, once removed. Nobody thought it was possible he would ever inherit, least of all Bertie.
Isobel Crawley: Well, he seemed like a nice young man to me.
Lady Rosamund Painswick: [beaming] And getting nicer by the minute!
Tom Branson: With a real love of Brancaster.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Gratham: Golly gumdrops! What a turn up!
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [Sees the door opening, smiling widely] That's dinner, if we're not too distracted to eat!
Tom Branson: [All move toward the door except for Mary, who still appears thunderstruck; teasing] So we'll all bow and curtsey to Edith. You'll enjoy that, Mary.
Lady Mary Crawley: [bitterly] Hardly. And if Bertie really is Lord Hexham, which I still don't believe, he won't want to marry her now.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [sarcastically] Careful, or people will think you're jealous, dear. We don't want that.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.3" (2014)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Do you ever think of the war?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What do you mean?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: How it was, when the girls were working with the officers and I was running everything, with Barrow.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I don't remember Mary doing much.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Sometimes I find myself thinking how busy we were, how useful.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: You can't wish those days back again.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Well, I wouldn't admit it outside this room.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.7" (2013)
Lady Mary Crawley: [referring to the substitution of Thomas for Bates as the Earl's valet on his New York trip] But Thomas was your valet the time Bates was in prison. He knows how you like things done.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Well, suppose he doesn't want to go?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Why wouldn't he? It's an adventure... all those handsome stewards strutting down the boat deck.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Don't be vulgar. What do you know of such matters?
Lady Mary Crawley: [tomgue in cheek] I've been married. I know everything.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.8" (2014)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I realized today what it is about Marigold that keeps catching my eye.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Oh yes, what's that?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: She reminds me of Michael Gregson. Just tell me if I'm wrong.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: You're not wrong. Don't tell Edith you've guessed.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Why not? It certainly makes things a good deal clearer than they were.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Just don't, not yet. Mary doesn't know either, nor Tom. Please let it be Edith's secret a little while longer.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Very well. I must admit, it's an unusual sensation to realize there's a secret in this house I'm actually privy to. But I'll be silent if you wish.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: And you'll love her, your new granddaughter?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: As a matter of fact, and perhaps to my surprise, I rather think I will.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.6" (2011)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [giving a toast to the household after the clock strikes eleven on Armistice Day] Thank you, everyone. Remember, this is not just the end of a long war but the birth of a new age. God bless us all!


"Downton Abbey: The London Season (#4.9)" (2013)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I wish Tom had arrived.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [Surprised] It's so nice to hear you say that.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No, I mean he's bringing Isis, and I do miss her.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.3" (2013)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I'm afraid Tom's small talk is very small indeed!
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Not everyone can be Oscar Wilde.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: That's a relief!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.8" (2012)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [Commenting on Barrow's attempt to kiss James] I mean if I shouted blue murder every time someone tried to kiss me at Eaton I'd have gone hoarse in a month.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.1" (2013)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [referring to Mary and Matthew] She loved him very much, and the price of great love is great misery when one of you die.
Tom Branson: I know that.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [realizing Tom is a widower] Of course you do. I'm sorry.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.4" (2013)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: There is no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that does not sometimes have to negotiate thin ice. I know. You must wait until things become clear. And they will. The damage cannot be irreparable when a man and a woman love each other as much as you do.
[pauses]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: My goodness that was strong talk for an Englishman.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.6" (2013)
Lady Mary Crawley: A penny for your thought.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: You'd pay twice that not to know then.
Lady Mary Crawley: It's not your fault. It's mine,
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: If there's anything I could do.
Lady Mary Crawley: It's not your fault, it's mine.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.7" (2011)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [about the War] Do you ever wonder what it was all for?


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.5" (2012)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [confronting his daughter's death] But this can't be! She's 24 years. This cannot be!


"Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands (#3.9)" (2012)
[Lady Susan's maid, Wilkins, has tried to get Sarah O'Brien drunk by surreptitiously giving her whisky, but Sarah has given it to Molesley who is now cavorting exuberantly and drunkenly on the dance-floor]
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: They do say there's a wild man inside all of us.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: If only he would *stay* inside.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.5" (2014)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [as Robert comes into the bedroom and unexpectedly finds Cora with Brivker] Mr. Bricker was just leaving.
Simon Bricker: I'm not here at Lady Grantham's invitation.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Then will you please leave at mine.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.1" (2014)
Mr. Carson: Is everything satisfactory, M'Lord?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: No, it isn't! And can you please keep Moseley in the kitchens until his hair stops turning blue?