Lady Sybil Crawley
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Lady Sybil Crawley (Character)
from "Downton Abbey" (2010)

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"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.4" (2010)
Lady Sybil Crawley: [Miss O'Brien doing Lady Sibyl's hair] Thank you, O'Brien, I'll manage now.
[O'Brien leaves]
Lady Sybil Crawley: [to herself] Odious woman.

Lady Sybil Crawley: I don't know why we bother with corsets. Men don't wear them, and they look perfectly normal in their clothes.
Lady Mary Crawley: Not all of them.

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Sybil - Sybil darling, why would you want to go to a real school? You're not a doctors daughter!
Lady Sybil Crawley: Nobody learns anything from a governess, apart from French and how to curtsy!
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well, what else do you need?
Lady Sybil Crawley: Well, there's...
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Are you thinking of a career in banking?

Lady Sybil Crawley: [to Gwen Dawson] We're not giving up. No one hits the bull's eye with the first arrow.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.5" (2011)
Lady Sybil Crawley: [Matthew has arrived at the hospital] May I stay to settle him in?
Dr. Clarkson: Very well.
Lady Mary Crawley: I want to help too.
Dr. Clarkson: Lady Mary, I appreciate your good intentions but I'm concerned that Captain Crawley's condition may be very distressing for you. Might I suggest that you hang back until the nurses have tidied him up a little?
Lady Mary Crawley: I'm not much good at hanging back I'm afraid. I won't get in your way I promise. But I will stay. You have volunteers don't you? Well, that's what I am. A volunteer.

Lady Sybil Crawley: I should wash him. This bit can be grim. Sometimes we have to cut off the clothes they've travelled in and there's bound to be a lot of blood.
Lady Mary Crawley: How hot should the water be?
Lady Sybil Crawley: Warm more than hot.

Lady Sybil Crawley: What is it?
Tom Branson: They shot the Czar and all his family.
Lady Sybil Crawley: How terrible!
Tom Branson: I'm sorry. I'll not deny it. I never thought they'd do it, but sometimes the future needs terrible sacrifices. You thought that once.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.1" (2011)
Mrs. Patmore: [in the kitchen] What in wonderland do you call that? I mean, I do not fully understand what you tried to do, milady.
Lady Sybil Crawley: Oh, I knew it wasn't supposed to look like this.
Mrs. Patmore: No, milady, I would go so far as to say there's no food on the earth that's supposed to look like that.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Goodbye, Sybil, and good luck with it all.
Lady Sybil Crawley: Thank you for being such a sport.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: It's a big step you're taking, dear, but war deals out strange tasks. Remember your great aunt Roberta.
Lady Mary Crawley: What about her?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: She loaded the guns at Lakhnau.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.2" (2011)
[Lady Sybil and Isobel are proposing setting up a convalescent home at Downton Abbey]
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I think it's a *ridiculous* idea.
Lady Sybil Crawley: Why?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Because this is a house, not a hospital.
Lady Mary Crawley: Granny, a convalescent home is where people rest and recuperate.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: But if there are relapses. What then? Amputation in the dining room? Rescuscitation in the pantry?
Cora, Countess of Grantham: It would certainly be the most tremendous disturbance. If you knew how chaotic things are as it is.
Isobel Crawley: But when there's so much good can be done.
[Violet stamps her stick on the floor]
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I forbid it! To have strange men prodding and prying around the house. To say nothing of pocketing the spoons. It's out of the question.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: I hesitate to remind you, but this is my house now - Robert's and mine. *We* will make the decision.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [pause] Oh, I see. So now I'm an outsider... who need not be consulted.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: Since you put it like that, yes.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.7" (2011)
Tom Branson: [about her leaving home to elope] You won't mind burning your bridges?
Lady Sybil Crawley: Mind? Fetch me the matches!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.1" (2010)
Lady Sybil Crawley: I know you're sad about Patrick - whtever you say - I know it.
Lady Mary Crawley: You're a darling, but you see I'm not as sad as I ought t be, and that's what makes me sad.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.6" (2010)
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Does this mean you won't be presented next month?
Lady Sybil Crawley: Certainly not. Why should it?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well I doubt I'd expect to curtsy to their majesties in June when I'd been arrested at a riot in May, but then I 'm old, things may be different now.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.8" (2011)
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 Sybil Crawley: No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: What more do you need?