At Christmas 1919 the Crawleys welcome Edith's former suitor Sir Anthony, now a war invalid, who tells her that he is too old for her, and Robert's sister Rosamund with her beau, the raffish Lord Hepworth. Sybil writes to announce her pregnancy. After Carlisle's selfish attitude towards the servants and his jealousy when Mary accompanies Matthew to visit Lavinia's grave, Robert prises from his wife the fact that the newspaper baron is effectively blackmailing his daughter into marriage to keep her secret and, on her father's advice, Mary breaks off the engagement, knowing that the angry Carlisle will now probably expose the family. Aware that Hepworth is penniless, Violet unsuccessfully tries to warn Rosamund against marriage but Rosamund is determined to go ahead with the wedding - until she catches her fiancé in bed with her maid. Things do not go well for John, on trial for killing Vera, though Robert and Matthew vow to contest his life imprisonment. Upstairs and downstairs at ...
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Did You Know?
"Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?" ("But where are the snows of yesteryear?"), Violet's line, spoken in French, referring to her having known Lord Hepworth's father in her youth, is from the poem "Ballade des dames du temps jadis" by François Villon. See more
In the scene where Thomas meets Lord Grantham after his dog has been returned, Thomas's collar is shown undone and hanging loose. It then disappears entirely, then reappears, then disappears and then appears tucked away on the other side of his coat. See more
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
Lawyers are always confident before the verdict. It is only afterwards they share their doubts.
References The Magnificent Ambersons
Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more