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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.


"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.


"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: Will you be happy? Really?
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.


"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.


"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]


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.3" (2011)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: 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: I can answer that. Absolutely nothing.


"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.


"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: 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 #4.4" (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 #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 taking care of us in our old age.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What a ghastly prospect!


"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.


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


"Downton Abbey: Christmas Special 2012 (#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 #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 known.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [whispers] You won't get any argument from me.


"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?