She was very snobbish to Matthew when he and his mother first arrived at Downton Abbey. I understand that she felt pressured and none to happy about the position her family was putting her in. However, someone with her supposed "good breeding" should know better than to be rude to a guest in her home. As she got to know Matthew better she began to appreciate his good qualities but then her snobbishness kicked in again and she decided that a mere lawyer wasn't good enough for her being that she's an earl's daughter.
As I wrote above, Mary doesn't know what she wants. So she flits from Matthew, to that Duke who was more interested in her inheritance than her, to that Viscount, then to Sir Richard Carlisle. She even flirted with Strallan, though more to make her sister jealous than out of any genuine interest. If she isn't careful she'll let her chances to make a good marriage slip by because she can't make up her mind.
At this point, the one who really needs to get over herself is Cora where Matthew's mother is concerned. Is she threatened by her being medically trained and more assertive? Not to mention she's approaching too dumb to live status where O'Brien is concerned...
A very good friend of mine got me Season 1 as a Christmas present because he loved it so much....I have yet to watch it - maybe I will start this weekend.
Also, just to add to the conversation from the last few days, I'll just say that Mary is my favourite character, but I seem to have a thing for polarizing female characters - Mary here, Rachel from Glee, Deb from Dexter. I just think, particularly in the first season, she's the most complex, fascinating character on the show. I don't mind that she's not always likeable - actually, that's part of the reason I like her so much. For example, someone like Sybil is great and all, but a little too perfect to really grab me as a character.
Also, as had been said before, Michelle Dockery is so, so great in the role. Along with Maggie Smith (of course) she's the highlight of a really terrific cast for me.
Also, I couldn't resist and went ahead and watched Season 2 online and
SpoilerI might have squealed a little at the end of the Christmas Special. God, I just want those two crazy kids to work it out.
Not saying anything re Sir Richard, I read the spoilers....
"You emerge victorious from the maze you've been travelling in." Oct 21,2012- Best Fortune Cookie Ever!
What the hell is Thomas's PROBLEM.
I guess I'm glad he's around. Everyone else is being a bit too saintly.
"Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer
Though apparently there's a Comic Relief (UK) skit where the actors poke fun at how their characters are basically evil for no real discernible reason--like he's introduced as "Thomas, the evil footman" and she says of course she's evil, her hair looks like knitting.
Side note: Anyone else find it mildly amusing that the first shot you see every episode at the start of the credits sequence is...Isis the Labrador Retriever's butt? I mean, nothing says "costume drama" to me like a yellow lab's backside... (Yes, it's cute, all lab butts are cute, but...)
I think her big reservation with Matthew is that she senses he would sacrifice money and status for sentiment faster than she would.
It's clear that Matthew is who she loves (and I think that Matthew still deeply cares for Mary), but Lavinia is preventing the possibility of that relationship being renewed. (My thought is that Lavinia is the most likely character to succumb to the influenza pandemic that is looming in the near future. That would be a "convenient" albeit obvious plot device to give Matthew and honorable way out of his engagement.)I think her big reservation with Matthew is that she senses he would sacrifice money and status for sentiment faster than she would.
I don't see her marrying Matthew, 1st for plot reasons (the story would be over) and 2nd although they are attracted to each other, they don't have that much in common. I don't see Matthew hanging around the manor fussing with his valet and worrying about what to wear for dinner. She's too high maintenance for him.
Plus, I don't see Matthew being OK with his spouse using blackmail to forward their career the way Mary is OK with Sir Richard blackmailing Lavinia.
First, I don't agree that the "story would be over" if Mary and Matthew were to marry. The fact that they might have serious differences of opinion about all manner of things would/could be a continuation of their storyline, despite their marrying. And theirs is not the only storyline in Downton Abbey.I don't see her marrying Matthew, 1st for plot reasons (the story would be over) and 2nd although they are attracted to each other, they don't have that much in common.I think that many things will change after the war (after all, there will be the financial crash of 1929 looming), so that the potential for "Matthew hanging around the manor fussing with his valet and worrying what to wear for dinner" would be remote. Society as a whole is not at all the same post-war -- lots and lots of changes all around, both for the gentry and those they employed.I don't see Matthew hanging around the manor fussing with his valet and worrying about what to wear for dinner. She's too high maintenance for him.