May 1913. A fair comes to the village and here Mrs. Hughes meets up with an old flame, Joe, who once asked her to marry him and does so again. Despite being gay, Thomas escorts Daisy to the fair purely out of spite as he knows William is fond of her. The gesture is not lost on either John Bates or Mrs. Hughes. Gwen is not called for interview for the secretarial post but Sybil agrees to support future applications. A new chauffeur, Tom Branson, arrives. He is well-read and politically aware. Having got one over on Isobel regarding a medical diagnosis, Violet attempts to talk Robert out of a need for an arranged marriage but fails. Mary, seeing herself as no more than a commodity, unburdens herself to Matthew and they get a little closer.- Written by don @ minifie-1
Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess, continues to press for a solution to Lady Mary's inheritance. At her request, Matthew reviews the situation and reports to his cousin Lord Grantham that he can find no way out of their dilemma. Granthan tells his daughter Mary that her only hope is to marry Matthew, something she will not do. A new chauffeur, Tom Branson, comes to Downton Abbey. A self-described socialist whose interests are history and politics, he encourages Lady Sybil to pursue her own interests, particularly women's rights. Most of the staff take the opportunity to attend the village fair. Thomas asks Daisy to go with him but it's only to spite William, who is in love with the girl. Mrs. Hughes runs into an admirer from her youth, Joe Burns. She turned down his marriage proposal once long ago but he is now a widower and asks her again.- Written by garykmcd
Mrs. Hughes is reunited with an old beau, now a widower proposing marriage, and the Countess hires Matthew Crawley to see if the will can be broken and disagrees with his mother on a diagnosis.- Written by duke1029
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