With the house no longer a hospital Thomas hopes to make money on the black market but is ruined after being cheated by his supplier. Mrs Hughes helps Ethel to confront Mr and Mrs Bryant, the parents of her baby's late father but, whilst his wife seems moved, Bryant dismisses Ethel as a liar and fraud with no proof of paternity. Carlisle tries to bribe Anna to spy on Mary but she refuses and tells Mrs Hughes and Carson, the latter consequently withdrawing his offer to work for Carlisle, whom he sees as underhand. Robert, disillusioned by the war's failure to accomplish anything, makes a play for Jane but quickly apologises whilst Sybil, liberated by her war work, elopes with Tom Branson, though her sisters follow and bring them back. John is concerned that, whilst Vera officially killed herself by taking poison, it was rat poison bought by him and fears he may be incriminated. The big news, however, is Matthew regaining the use of his legs. He announces his forthcoming wedding to ... Written by
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When Sybil and Branson decide to elope, they go to Gretna Green, a village on the Scottish-English border that is about 100 miles northwest of Downton Abbey (which although fictional, is set near Ripon, Yorkshire). Beginning in the mid-18th century, Gretna Green became a popular location for runaway weddings because of Scotland's lenient marriage laws, as it is the first village on the Scottish side of the border along the main route from England. In 1754, legislation was passed in England and Wales to prevent elopements: Minors under the age of 21 needed parental consent to marry, weddings must be done in a church to be valid, and a public proclamation of the marriage (known as banns) must be made to allow time for anyone to object. Although Sybil was already 21 at this time, applying for a marriage license anywhere near Downton would have alerted her father to her plans. In addition to her parents' objections, the fact that Sybil is Anglican and Tom is Catholic made it unlikely that a vicar or priest would have agreed to marry them. See more
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Downton Abbey - Suite
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