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Anna Smith (Character)
from "Downton Abbey" (2010)

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"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.7" (2010)
Anna Smith: Will you miss me?
John Bates: Try not to miss me. It'll be good practice.

Thomas Barrow: Ah, there'll be a war all right - it's time to prepare for it.
Anna Smith: The country, do you mean?
Thomas Barrow: No, me.
John Bates: [to Thomas] You never disappoint.

Anna Smith: [to John Bates] I didn't know a garden party was a spectator sport.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.1" (2012)
Anna Bates: [to Bates about his new cellmate] Well, just remember what my mother used to say - 'Never make an enemy by accident.'

John Bates: [concerning Anna's unceasing efforts on his behalf] Haven't you anything better to do?
Anna Bates: I have not because I'd rather work to get you free than dine with the King at Buckingham Palace.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.8" (2015)
Lady Mary Crawley: [laughing with Anna about Mrs. Patmore's troubles] Oh, that's the first proper laugh I've had for ages.
Anna Bates: I couldn't resist telling you.
Lady Mary Crawley: [Insincerely] Poor Mrs. Patmore.
Anna Bates: [Both continue laughing] Oh, I know, it's awful for her. I'm going to have to think of something serious when I go down.
Lady Mary Crawley: Well I had some rather sad news when we were in Thirsk. Lord Hexham's died.
Anna Bates: Who's that, milady?
Lady Mary Crawley: The owner of Brancaster Castle, where we all stayed last year, for the grouse.
Anna Bates: Not me, milady; I was otherwise detained.
Lady Mary Crawley: Oh, of course you were. I am sorry.
Lady Mary Crawley: Only, it might affect Lady Edith's friend, Mr. Pelham; he's the agent there, or was. He might be out of a job.
Anna Bates: [Looking concerned] How worrying for them.
Lady Mary Crawley: So my romance might not be the only one to come to an untimely end.

Anna Bates: She loves him but she can't control him. That's what frightens her. He's stronger than she is, really. Or as strong. And she's not used to it.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.2" (2010)
[the servants are discussing Matthew Crawley, Lord Robert's heir, and his mother Isobel]
Thomas: So what d'you think we'll make of them?
Sarah O'Brien: I shouldn't think much. *She* hasn't even got a lady's maid.
Anna: It's not a capital offence.
John Bates: She's got a maid - her name's Ellen. She came a day early.
Sarah O'Brien: She's not a lady's maid. She's just a housemaid that fastens hooks and buttons when she has to. There's more to it than that, you know.
Anna: We want some *very* precise reporting when dinner's over.
Thomas: Are we to treat him as the heir?
Sarah O'Brien: Are we heck as like! A doctor's son from Manchester? He'll be lucky if he gets a civil word out of me.
Anna: [drily] We're *all* lucky if we get a civil word out of you.

[Sarah O'Brien is talking about Matthew and Isobel Crawley]
Sarah O'Brien: I'm sorry but *I* have standards. And if anyone thinks I'm going to pull my forelock and curtsey to this Mister Nobody from Nowhere...
[Lady Cora comes into the Servants' Hall. All the servants stand up]
Cora, Countess of Grantham: O'Brien! Were you discussing Mr Crawley?
Sarah O'Brien: Yes, My Lady.
Cora, Countess of Grantham: Is it your place to do so?
Sarah O'Brien: I've got my opinions, My Lady, same as anybody.
[Mrs Hughes comes in]
Mrs. Hughes: Can I help Your Ladyship?
Cora, Countess of Grantham: [to Mrs Hughes] This is the button that's missing from my new evening coat. I found it lying on the gravel. But I was shocked at the talk I heard as I came in.
[to O'Brien]
Cora, Countess of Grantham: Mr Crawley is His Lordship's cousin and heir. You *will*, therefore, please accord him the respect that he is entitled to.
Sarah O'Brien: But you don't like him yourself, milady. You never wanted him to come...
Cora, Countess of Grantham: You're sailing *perilously* close to the wind, O'Brien. If we're to be friends, you will *not* speak in that way again about the Crawleys, or *any* member of Lord Grantham's family. Now I'm going up to rest. Wake me at the dressing gong.
[Lady Cora walks out of the room]
Thomas: I don't think that's fair - not here in the Servants' Hall.
Sarah O'Brien: I agree. If she was a *real* lady, she wouldn't have come down here. She'd have rung for me and given me the button, that's all.
Thomas: This isn't her territory. We can say what we like down here.
Mrs. Hughes: Who says?
Thomas: The Law - and Parliament. There *is* such a thing as free speech.
Mrs. Hughes: Not when *I'm* in charge! Don't push your luck, Thomas. Now, tea's over. Back to work!
[Mrs Hughes leaves]
Sarah O'Brien: Friends! Who does she think she's fooling. *We're* not friends.
Anna: No?
Sarah O'Brien: No. And you're not friends with the girls, neither. We're servants, you and me, and they pay us to do as we're told. That's all.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.5" (2013)
Anna Bates: ...But I'm spoiled for you. And I can never be unspoiled.
John Bates: You are not spoiled. You're made higher to me, and holier because of the suffering you've been put through. You are my wife, and I have never been prouder, nor loved you more than I love you now at this moment.
Anna Bates: Truly?
John Bates: Truly.

Mrs. Hughes: [discussing keeping Anna's rape secret] I don't know why you must be so hard on Mr. Bates. At least you know there'll be no baby.
Anna Bates: No.
Mrs. Hughes: Then can't you start to get past it and tell him something?
Anna Bates: He'd know it if it wasn't the truth. He sees through me. He can read me like a book.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.4" (2010)
Anna Smith: I love you, Mr. Bates. I know it's not ladylike to say it, but I'm not a lady, and I don't pretend to be.

Lady Mary Crawley: [referring to her mother] If you think she'll ever recover from carrying the body of Mr. Pamuk from one side of the house to the other, then you don't know her at all.
Anna Smith: Well, I didn't mean recover exactly... just get past it.
Lady Mary Crawley: She won't do that either. When she dies, they'll cut her open, and find it engraved on her heart.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.2" (2011)
Anna: Ethel said you wanted me.
Molesley: [diffidently] No, no. I just need a word with you.
Anna: If it's about that book, I'm afraid...
Molesley: No, no, it's not about the book.
Anna: What is it then?
Molesley: I understand that Mr Bates has gone... for good.
Anna: Yes, I believe that's true.
Molesley: So I was hoping... we might be able to see a little more of each other.
Anna: Mr Molesley, I take this as a real compliment...
Molesley: But it's not going to happen?
Anna: No. You see, if you had a child, and that child was taken from you, if the child was sent to the moon, there'd never be one day when they were out of your thoughts, nor one moment when you weren't praying for their welfare, even if you knew you'd never see them again.
Molesley: That's you and Mr Bates?
Anna: That's me and Mr Bates. But thank you.

Lady Mary Crawley: [referring to Carson] He gave me some advice last night.
Anna: Was it good advice?
Lady Mary Crawley: He thinks I should say what I really feel.
Anna: Sounds a bit wild for Mr. carson. Do you think he's right?
Lady Mary Crawley: Well, they say that honesty's the best policy. I think you regret being honest less often than you regret telling lies.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.6" (2010)
Anna Smith: [furious over O'Brien and Thomas framing Bates] You can't take it sittting down because you're not guilty of any wrong., and before it's over, I'm going to tell the world.
John Bates: Are you? I'm not sure the world is listening.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.5" (2011)
John Bates: [walking down the center church aisle as they go to pray together] You should have had a church wedding,
Anna Smith: Don't be silly.
John Bates: No, I mean it. You in a white dress, me looking like a fool.
Anna Smith: I'd rather have the right man than the right wedding.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.7" (2015)
Anna Bates: [referring to Mary and Henry Talbot] They say opposites attract.
Lady Mary Crawley: Yes, they do attract, but do they live happily ever after?

"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.3" (2015)
Anna Bates: I've come to dress the bride.
Mrs. Hughes: There's a sentence I never thought I'd hear.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.8" (2011)
Anna: [to John Bates] I know only that I am now who I was meant to be.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.1" (2011)
Anna Smith: I know you. You're doing something gallant here, making a sacrifice for my honor, but I don't want you to. I don't care. Don't you understand? I don't care what people say. I'd live in sin with you. If she's threatening to ruin me, then let her. It's nothing to me. The only ruin that I recognize is to be without you!

"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.3" (2011)
John Bates: [sitting together at a table] I can t marry you yet, not legally, and I won't break the law.
Anna Smith: It's not aginst the law to take a mistress, Mr. Bates.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.7" (2014)
Anna Bates: Why are you smiling?
John Bates: You only see possibilities whenever I see a problem.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.6" (2011)
Sarah O'Brien: [snooping with a catty remark] You're always goin' up and down to London, Mr. Bates.
John Bates: I have business in London.
Sarah O'Brien: Well, judging by your expression, your business doesn't seem to be too prosperous.
Anna Smith: The trick of business is to mind your own.

"Downton Abbey: The London Season (#4.9)" (2013)
Mrs. Hughes: I've just met Mrs. Levinson on the steps. She's here without a maid.
Anna Bates: What happened to the last one?
Ethan Slade: She had her head bitten off one time too many.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.8" (2012)
John Bates: [getting their run-down cottage liveable] What do they call extreme optimism?
Anna Bates: They call it making the best of things, and that is what we'll do.

"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.3" (2012)
Anna Bates: [trying to comfort] What would you like me to get you?
Lady Edith Crawley: [despairing] A different life.