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Lady Nora (Character)
from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2009)

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"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.3" (2010)
Lady Mary Crawley: [about Evelyn Napier] He's out with the York and Ainsty next week. The meet is at Downton. He wants some tea when he's up here.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Where's he staying? With friends?
Lady Mary Crawley: He says he's found a pub that caters for hunting.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Oh, we can improve on that - he must come here; he can send the horses up early, if he wants.
Lady Mary Crawley: He'll know why you're asking him.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I can't think what you mean; his mother's a friend of mine - she'll be pleased at the idea.
Lady Mary Crawley: Not *very* pleased... she's dead.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: ...All the more reason, then.

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.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Will we be seeing you here again?
Evelyn Napier: Nothing would give me more pleasure, but I'm afraid I'm a little busy at the moment, and...
[sighs]
Evelyn Napier: I wonder if I might risk embarrassing you, because I should like to make myself clear. The truth is, Lady Grantham, I am not a vain man; I do not consider myself a very interesting person... but I feel it's important that my future wife should think me so. A woman who finds me boring could never love me, and I believe marriage should be based on love... at least at the start.

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.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [embittered toward Mary] I feel now that I can never forgive what you have put me through this night. I hope in time I will come to be more merciful... but I doubt it.


"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: Oh, all right. One song and that's your lot.

Isobel Crawley: What time is Dr Clarkson's round?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: It's already happened.
Isobel Crawley: Without me? Why? I'm not very late.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: We didn't see the need to wait.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Mrs Hughes, I need to steal you for a minute. I have to check the linen books.
Isobel Crawley: But I went over them last week.
Mrs. Hughes: Very good milady, I'll get started.

Isobel Crawley: May I have a word?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Can it wait?
Isobel Crawley: No it cannot wait. I've just come from downstairs where I learned that my timetable has been wantonly disregarded.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: If you mean the new lunchtime, the wretched servants were having to eat at 11 and then starve until their tea at 6 so...
Isobel Crawley: I also discovered that you tore up the nurses timetable.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I haven't torn up anything.
Isobel Crawley: Of course, it would be foolish to accuse you of being unprofessional since you've never had a profession in your life.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Now, just a minute...
Isobel Crawley: You may think you have the right to ordain the universe, but in this field...
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: No, not in this field, in this house yes I do have the right given me by Dr Clarkson and by the law of the land. This is my house and I am in charge right alongside you and if you would stop your bullying...
Isobel Crawley: That's enough. I will not listen to this. If I am not appreciated here I will seek some other place where I will make a difference.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Good.
Isobel Crawley: I mean it. I cannot operate where I am not valued. You must see that.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Certainly.
Isobel Crawley: I shall go. I will.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Perhaps it would be best.
Isobel Crawley: I repeat. I mean it.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I'm sure you do. And so do I.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Is it true they're fed from our kitchens?
Daisy Robinson: Only the stuff the army gives.
Mrs. Patmore: That's right. We only use the food the army pays for and all the men have served their country.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [pause] In future, I would prefer it if you would use food paid for by the house. I don't want the army to accuse us of mismanagement.
Sarah O'Brien: You mean you're going to let them get away with it?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Oh more than that. I'm going to help them and so are you. Molesley, if you bring that table across we can split the food and form two lines and it will go faster.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.5" (2015)
Sybbie Branson: Who is the Sphinx ?
Robert, Earl of Gratham: The Sphinx ? A creature of secrets she never reveals.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Rather like Granny Violet.

Robert, Earl of Gratham: Mama needs to see this as the last largest battle of her life. If she loses there'll be hell to pay.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Then there'll be hell to pay.

Robert, Earl of Gratham: Mama is not a good loser.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [sarcastically] She's had so little experience.


"Downton Abbey: The London Season (#4.9)" (2013)
Lady Mary Crawley: When does the American contingent arrive, and how on earth are we going to manage them?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Don't be ashamed of my mother, Mary; she's your grandmother, too.
Lady Rose MacClare: I think it's very kind of them to come over for my ball.
Lady Mary Crawley: You haven't met her yet. And where will everyone sleep? This place isn't designed for house parties.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: We'll manage. Perhaps you could share with Edith?
Lady Mary Crawley: You're joking.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Well, someone may have to sleep on the top floor... with the servants.
Lady Mary Crawley: [With disgust] I'd rather sleep on the roof than share with Edith.

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.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I hate to lie.
Lady Mary Crawley: I'll do it. I don't mind lying.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.5" (2010)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [sarcastically] You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal!
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I take that as a compliment.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [drolly] I must have said it wrong.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [referring to Mary] She ought to marry. Talk to her.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: She never listens to me. If she did, she'd marry Matthew.


"Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey (#2.9)" (2011)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Do you recall a Turkish diplomat who stayed here before the War?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I think I can be relied on to remember any guest who is found dead in his bed the next morning.

Sir Richard Carlisle: [referring to Bates' lawyer at the table] Is he confident?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: He seems to be.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [dryly] Lawyers are always confident before the verdict. It is only afterwards they share their doubts.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.4" (2010)
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [talking of how to introduce Mary to more society] How about some house parties?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: She's been asked to one next month by Lady Anne McNair.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Most terrible idea; she doesn't know anyone under a hundred.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I might send her over to visit my aunt; she could get to know New York.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, I don't think things are quite that desperate.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Things are different in America.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I know. They live in wigwams.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.8" (2015)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: How terrible. Poor Mrs Patmore.
Lady Rosamund Painswick: What an unlikely bawdy house madam.
Isobel Crawley: Mrs Patmore's secret career!

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.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.3" (2011)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: You take over every room in the house, you bark at me like a sergeant major and you give orders to my servants.

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.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.8" (2014)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I realized today what it is about Marigold that keeps catching my eye.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Oh yes, what's that?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: She reminds me of Michael Gregson. Just tell me if I'm wrong.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: You're not wrong. Don't tell Edith you've guessed.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Why not? It certainly makes things a good deal clearer than they were.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Just don't, not yet. Mary doesn't know either, nor Tom. Please let it be Edith's secret a little while longer.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Very well. I must admit, it's an unusual sensation to realize there's a secret in this house I'm actually privy to. But I'll be silent if you wish.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: And you'll love her, your new granddaughter?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: As a matter of fact, and perhaps to my surprise, I rather think I will.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #5.5" (2014)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [as Robert comes into the bedroom and unexpectedly finds Cora with Brivker] Mr. Bricker was just leaving.
Simon Bricker: I'm not here at Lady Grantham's invitation.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Then will you please leave at mine.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.1" (2012)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [discussing the iminent wedding] The family must never be a topic of conversation.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I'm afraid Sybil's already made the Crawleys a permanent topic.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [ref. Tom Branson] All the more reason if we can show the county he can behave normally, they will soon lose interest with him, and I shall make sure he behaves normally because I shall hold his hand on the radiator until he does.


"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 #3.4" (2012)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I think Granny's right.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Can somebody write that down?


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.6" (2011)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [to Mary and the Earl] I am an American. I don't share your English hatred of comfort.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.6" (2012)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Is it over? When one loses child, it is never really over.


"Downton Abbey: Episode #2.8" (2011)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [referring to Sybil] She's a wonderful nurse and she's worked very hard, but in the process she's forgotten who she is.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Has she, Robert, or have we overlooked who she really is?


"Downton Abbey: Episode #3.2" (2012)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: You don't have to give money after every conversation, Mother.
Martha Levinson: No? Isn't that what the English expect of rich Americans?


"Downton Abbey: Episode #6.2" (2015)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I wish I could remind your mother we're on the same side.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I doubt it - when it comes to sides Mother is a law unto herself.


"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: Christmas Special (#6.9)" (2015)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I think the more adaptable we are, the more chance we have of getting through.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: We'll do it !


"Downton Abbey: A Moorland Holiday (#5.9)" (2014)
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: What do you think I should do?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: What you should do is easy - tell the police - but what I would do is keep it secret until we know more.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Thank heaven we both have a criminal turn of mind.