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

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"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.2" (2010)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: No one wants to kiss a girl in black.

Isobel Crawley: What should we call each other?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well, we could always start with Mrs Crawley and Lady Grantham.

Isobel Crawley: [about the hospital] Who funds it?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh good, let's talk about money.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [about the refurbished room at the Crawley house] It always seemed rather dark when my mother-in-law lived here; but then, she made everything rather dark.

Dr. Clarkson: [about Mrs. Crawley helping out at the hospital] It seems that she is going to stay on in the foreseeable future.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Nobody can foresee the future, Doctor. Not you, not I, and *certainly* not Mrs. Crawley.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.3" (2010)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: One can't go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We'd all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I don't dislike Matthew. In fact, I rather admire him.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Is that sufficient reason to give him your money?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Well, of course not!
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Then there's nothing more to be said.


"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.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Nothing succeeds like excess.

[after all Robert's evening-dress shirts have gone missing, he is forced to come down to dinner in a black tie and white shirt, much to the horror of the ladies]
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [glancing at Robert, while flustered] Do you think I might have a drink?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [looking more closely at Robert] Oh, I'm so sorry. I thought you were a waiter.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.1" (2010)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: What is a weekend?

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: We are allies, my dear. Which should be a great deal more effective.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.5" (2013)
Evelyn Napier: Is this your first experience of jazz, Lady Crawley?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, is that what it is?
[pause]
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Do you think that any of them know what the others are playing?

Isobel Crawley: How you hate to be wrong.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I wouldn't know, I'm not familiar with the sensation.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.1" (2012)
[Violet has just had a very catty conversation with Martha Levinson, Cora's mother]
Lady Edith Crawley: There you are. I see you've said hello to Grandmama.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: She is like a homing pigeon. She finds our underbelly every time. Dreadful woman.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Nothing succeeds like excess.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.3" (2013)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: If I were to ever search for logic I wouldn't look for it among the English upper class.

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 #2.3" (2011)
Lavinia Swire: This room is so pretty. Has this house always been the Painswick's London home?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: There's no 'always' with the Painswicks, my dear. They were invented from scratch by my son-in-law's grandfather.
Lady Rosamund Painswick: We bought the house when we were married.
Lavinia Swire: You make Mr. Painswick sound rather a rough diamond, Lady Grantham.
Lady Rosamund Painswick: Marmaduke wasn't a rough diamond was he, mama?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: No. He was just cut and polished comparatively recently.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Good. If anyone is to be in charge let it be our creature.
Isobel Crawley: Why. Are you planning to divide his loyalties?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I wouldn't say I was planning on it.


"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.

[Lady Rose comes downstairs in a ballgown with a low neckline]
Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire: Rose, you are not wearing that dress, and that is final.
Lady Rose MacClare: Oh! Daddy, please stick up for me.
Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire: She looks like a slut.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Heavens. That's not a word you often hear among the heather.
Lady Rose MacClare: But Princess Mary has one just like it. It's the fashion now.
Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire: Then it is a *mad* fashion. Aunt Violet, tell her.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, my dear, in my time I wore the crinoline, the bustle and the leg-of-mutton sleeve. I'm not in a strong position to criticise.
Hugh 'Shrimpie' MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire: Rose, take Aunt Violet through to the ballroom now.
[realizing that Rose has won, Violet gives her a smirk of victory]


"Downton Abbey: Christmas Special 2011 (#2.9)" (2011)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: A change is as good as a rest.


"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.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.8" (2012)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: One forgets about parenthood. The on-and-on-ness of it.
Isobel Crawley: Were you a very involved mother with Robert and Rosamund?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Does it surprise you?
Isobel Crawley: A bit. I'd imagined them surrounded by nannies and governesses, being starched and ironed to spend an hour with you after tea.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Yes, but it was an hour *every day*.
Isobel Crawley: [momentarily lost for words] I see, yes. How tiring!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.2" (2011)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: The truth is neither here nor there. It's the look of the thing that matters.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.1" (2013)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: It's the job of grandmothers to interfere!