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

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"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.4" (2012)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Thank you, my dear. That's very kind. How much do I owe you?
Lady Edith Crawley: A guinea.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: A guinea? For a bottle of scent? Did he have a mask and a gun?

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I worry about you. That sort of thing is so horrid.
Lady Edith Crawley: Being jilted at the altar, yes, it is horrid.

Tom Branson: They turned everyone out of the castle - Lord and Lady John Guillamore, their sons, and all the servants, and then they set fire to it.
Lady Edith Crawley: What a tragedy.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well, rather yes and no, that house *was* hideous... of course that is no excuse.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: What do you mean, you wrote to a newspaper? No lady writes to a newspaper!
Lady Edith Crawley: What about Lady Sarah Wilson? She's the daughter of a duke, and she worked as a war journalist
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Well, she's a Churchill. The Churchills are different


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.5" (2015)
Robert, Earl of Gratham: [He sees Edith reading a letter] Good news?
Lady Edith Crawley: Oh, it's just a friend. He's going to be in London and he wants to meet up.
Robert, Earl of Gratham: He?
Lady Edith Crawley: It's nothing like that; it's Bertie Pelham, the agent from Brancaster Castle.
Robert, Earl of Gratham: I remember him, he shot with us.
Lady Edith Crawley: And he helped get the magazine out during my night of terror.

Robert, Earl of Gratham: Edith has a date.
Lady Edith Crawley: No I don't.
Lady Mary Crawley: [Sneering] Of course not.
Lady Edith Crawley: What do you mean, 'Of course not'?

Robert, Earl of Gratham: When's your train?
Lady Edith Crawley: Nine.
Lady Mary Crawley: Is this another magazine crisis?
Lady Edith Crawley: No, but I am interviewing possible editors.
Lady Mary Crawley: Women?
Lady Edith Crawley: Women.
Tom Branson: Well I approve. Good luck with that.
Lady Mary Crawley: But then who's the date with?
Lady Edith Crawley: It's not a date; it's just a friend, as I keep saying.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.3" (2011)
Isobel Crawley: Who is that man? I hope he's not complaining.
Lady Edith Crawley: Oh no. That's Captain Smiley. He hasn't an unkind bone in his body.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: What on earth's that about?
Lady Edith Crawley: Don't worry. Major Holmes can be a little waspish but he wouldn't want to get us into trouble.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: How do you know so much about a pack of strangers?
Lady Edith Crawley: They're not strangers to me.

Lady Edith Crawley: [to Edirth] Trust me. You have a talent that none of the rest of us have. Just find out what it is and use it. It's doing nothing that's the enemy


"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.

Lady Edith Crawley: [commenting about the Duke, whom Mary was hoping to marry] So he slipped the hook.
Lady Mary Crawley: At least I'm not fishing with no bait.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.3" (2010)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [reading from Evelyn Napier's letter in which he discusses the countess' invitation to stay at Downton the night before the hunt] Apparently he's bringing a friend with him, an attache at the Turkish Embassy, Mr. Kemal Pamuk. He's the son of one of the Sultan's ministers and he's here for the Albanian talks.
Lady Mary Crawley: [Looking confused] What's that?
Lady Edith Crawley: To create an independent Albania. Don't you read the papers?
Lady Mary Crawley: I'm too busy living a life.

Matthew Crawley: [referring to his obvious interest in Mary] Will she stay at the hunt the whole day?
Lady Edith Crawley: [disappointed that Matthew is not interested in her but her sister] Oh, you know Mary. She likes to be in at the kill.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.4" (2011)
Lady Edith Crawley: The men are putting on a concert.
Isobel Crawley: Can I help?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Edith has it under control.
Lady Edith Crawley: I do if Mary's willing.
Lady Mary Crawley: [Reluctantly] Oh, all right. One song and that's your lot.

Lady Edith Crawley: Ethel, have you nothing to do?
Major Charles Bryant: I was keeping her talking. You mustn't blame her.
Lady Edith Crawley: [Firmly] I don't.


"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.

Bertie Pelham: Would you send me to bed happy?
Lady Edith Crawley: Sounds like an indecent proposal.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.6" (2015)
Lady Mary Crawley: Edith, you can manage for a day without us, can't you?
Lady Edith Crawley: I can manage without you for as long as you want.

Lady Mary Crawley: Is he worth it?
Lady Edith Crawley: As opposed to your car mechanic?
Tom Branson: I'm a car mechanic, thank you.


"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.

Tom Branson: Are you looking forward to going home?
Lady Edith Crawley: Why, in particularly?
Tom Branson: Aren't you missing Marigold?
Lady Edith Crawley: Aren't you missing Sybbie? Isn't Mary missing George?
Tom Branson: Not quite as much.
Lady Edith Crawley: What are you trying to say?
Tom Branson: Not a lot, really, but these will be my last months at Downton, and you have always been my ally. I'd like to feel we were honest with each other. You see, where I grew up, there were quite a few Marigolds.
Lady Edith Crawley: I'm not sure I understand you.
Tom Branson: I think you do. My cousin, Nuala, had a child that was brought up as her sister. No one talked of it, naturally, but we all knew.
Lady Edith Crawley: I told Papa you'd guess.
Tom Branson: So they're both in on it?
Lady Edith Crawley: They are now.
Tom Branson: And Mary, does she know?
Lady Edith Crawley: No, she's completely uninterested in me, which should keep me safe. Please, keep it to yourself. Not for my sake so much as for hers.
Tom Branson: You may not believe it, but I'm a signed-up member of this family now.
[He places his hand affectionately on her shoulder and gives a gentle squeeze]


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.5" (2010)
Lady Mary Crawley: Poor darling!. She had to walk for miles. I don't think I'd have got down however lame the horse.
Lady Edith Crawley: No, I don't believe you would.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.8" (2014)
Lady Edith Crawley: I always forget how much I enjoy London.
Tom Branson: You should go up more often, take an interest in your publishing. You should get involved in the running of the business. You're clever, and a good writer; they're lucky to have you.
Lady Edith Crawley: Mary always talks like she's the only one who'll miss you when you go, but you know I will, too.
Tom Branson: And I'll miss you.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.5" (2014)
Lady Rosamund Painswick: Come here and sit here, and we can talk. I'm not going to eat you.
Lady Edith Crawley: But you are going to chew me up.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.6" (2013)
Lady Edith Crawley: Did I read somewhere that your friend Lord Gillingham is engaged to be married?
Lady Mary Crawley: Yes, to Miss Lane Fox.
Lady Edith Crawley: I hope you don't mind... I should so hate for you to be unhappy.
Lady Mary Crawley: I'm not unhappy, I'm just not guite ready to be happy.


"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!


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.7" (2012)
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 #6.4" (2015)
Lady Edith Crawley: [re Isobel] I suppose she is entitled to put up an argument.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Of course she is. She's just not allowed to *win* it.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.6" (2014)
Lady Edith Crawley: [to Branson as she is leaving Downton] You're a fine man, Tom. You mustn't let them flatten that out of you.


"Downton Abbey: The London Season (#4.9)" (2013)
Lady Mary Crawley: [Referring to an unwelcome guest] We can't make a scene.
Lady Edith Crawley: I sometimes feel we should make more scenes about things that really matter to us.
Anthony Gillingham: It wouldn't be very English.
Lady Edith Crawley: No, but I envy it... all those Latins screaming, and shouting, and hurling themselves into graves. I bet they feel much better afterwards.
Lady Mary Crawley: I wonder. I think once you've let it out, it must be hard to get it back in.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.8" (2011)
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Don't worry - your turn will come.
Lady Edith Crawley: Will it? Or am I just to be the maiden aunt? Isn't this what they do? Arrange presents for their prettier relations?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Don't be defeatist dear, it's very middle class.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.1" (2011)
Lady Edith Crawley: [to Sybil] Why don't I drive you?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [sarcstically] She's taking enough chance with her life as it is.
Lady Edith Crawley: Oh Granny...
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: What is this driving mania?


"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.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.2" (2011)
Lady Edith Crawley: I said I could drive the tractor.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Edith! You are a *lady*, not Toad of Toad Hall!


"Downton Abbey: Christmas Special (#6.9)" (2015)
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: A Journey to the Highlands (#3.9)" (2012)
Lady Edith Crawley: How tiny the Glens make one feel...
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [swatting flies] That is the thing about nature, there's so *much* of it.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #4.1" (2013)
Isobel Crawley: I'm grateful, but, you see... when your only child dies, you see, you're not a mother anymore... you're not really anything really and that's what I'm trying to get used to.
Lady Edith Crawley: You're a grandmother, and I know you're going to be a wonderful one.