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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan5 View Post
    Because they're not completely heartless people? She was turned off without any references and likely doesn't have any place else to go for help. Not sure if the officer who was "convalescing" is still around, but I would think that he could/would be made to provide some sort of $$ assistance (of course, he's likely to claim that the father of the child could be anyone but him).

    He was standing near the piano in the concert scene in Sunday night's episode just before Lady Mary began her song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    Maybe the writers assume that since no one likes Ethel, they enjoy actively getting to watch her suffer? (Or they want to swipe Sarah's plot device from early Upstairs Downstairs....)
    Not even. I have no feelings for her character in one way or another. I don't love her like Mary and Matthew, I don't love to hate her like Thomas and O'Brien, I'm not annoyed but sympathetic to her like with Edith, I don't roll my eyes at her like with Branson, I don't hate her. I got nothing. I simply don't care.

    I need to start watching Upstairs/Downstairs. I saw the most recent reboot and it was very good. Extremely similar to DA storylines, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    Not even. I have no feelings for her character in one way or another. I don't love her like Mary and Matthew, I don't love to hate her like Thomas and O'Brien, I'm not annoyed but sympathetic to her like with Edith, I don't roll my eyes at her like with Branson, I don't hate her. I got nothing. I simply don't care.

    I need to start watching Upstairs/Downstairs. I saw the most recent reboot and it was very good. Extremely similar to DA storylines, though.
    LOL, well, since Upstairs Downstairs literally predates it by thirty years I think it's fairer to say Downton Abbey resembles them...Though I found the two 'political activist chauffeur/younger sister/daughter romance' amusingly similar and a easy to confuse, though of course in the U/D sequel (it's not a reboot, it's set in the Bellamy's old house something like six years after the original series ended, only filmed thirty years later--the whole 'remodel the house' thing at the start was how they dealt with their set budget no longer limiting them to "BBC 1970s cardboard") it's not 'naive but well-meaning rebel' and 'wealthy girl who wants to be useful and not just a social butterfly', but 'British black shirt and self-centered cow who dumps him to have a fling with Joachim von Ribbentrop and move to Berlin in 1936....' The original series is set in the same time frame as Downton, actually starts a little earlier as Titanic's also a plot point there but not for a few series.

    And I enjoy schadenfreude as much as the next person (like seeing the look on O'Brien's face when she realizes that Cora is NOT about to fire everyone for theft and in fact's going to start giving them Downton's food) but yeah, I just really don't care what happens to Ethel. She's like the anti-Gwen--Gwen decided she wanted something more than being a maid, she worked for it, and yeah, had a lucky break via Sibyl, but only because she'd put in the effort. Ethel just thinks she's too good for this but someone should just...make her a star 'cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    ... She's like the anti-Gwen--Gwen decided she wanted something more than being a maid, she worked for it, and yeah, had a lucky break via Sibyl, but only because she'd put in the effort. Ethel just thinks she's too good for this but someone should just...make her a star 'cause.
    Speaking of Gwen...am I the only one who wanted to see she and Branson get together? I think she would be a far better match for him than Lady Sybil. I like Sybil but the girl has never so much as made her own bed or boiled an egg. Branson is deluding himself if he thinks she would be happy being a working man's wife. He is a man so he probably doesn't realize how much drudgery was involved in housework before labor saving devices like vacuum cleaners and washing machines became common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    Not even. I have no feelings for her character in one way or another. I don't love her like Mary and Matthew, I don't love to hate her like Thomas and O'Brien, I'm not annoyed but sympathetic to her like with Edith, I don't roll my eyes at her like with Branson, I don't hate her. I got nothing. I simply don't care.

    I need to start watching Upstairs/Downstairs. I saw the most recent reboot and it was very good. Extremely similar to DA storylines, though.
    Yes that is what is a little odd about all of this----Upstairs/Downstairs was on last year with the return of Rose (Jean Marsh.) But it didn't catch fire the way D.A. did: I do think there is a lot more mystery on D.A. with three daughters who are not "settled" yet, the lack of a male heir, the discovery of Matthew, love stories and scores to settle etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    Yes that is what is a little odd about all of this----Upstairs/Downstairs was on last year with the return of Rose (Jean Marsh.) But it didn't catch fire the way D.A. did: I do think there is a lot more mystery on D.A. with three daughters who are not "settled" yet, the lack of a male heir, the discovery of Matthew, love stories and scores to settle etc...
    I think it was too much baggage, too long a gap, and too many new characters (some of whom were just...no. In that chauffer/young lady romance, he's a jerk and she's SO hideous I was thinking "Good, hope you STAY in Berlin all the way to 1945. Enjoy starvation, carpet-bombing, and getting raped by the Red Army." She was THAT awful. If that's what they were aiming for, job well done, but....I mean, Branson sympathizes with the Bolshies but they haven't started the death squads, mass starvation programs, and the gulags yet, and Sibyl is interested in things like "Votes for women", not "Isn't he hot in his black shirt and why SHOULD we help some Jews anyway?") I mean, they had to START the show by basically making the set look absolutely nothing like the old one, and except for Rose and the exterior shot of the house there's not much to connect it to the old one. Fair enough, most of the old cast is long gone, but it begs the question of "Why are we calling it 'Upstairs Downstairs' at this point?"

    Downton, otoh, starts off fresh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    From what I've read, young women in domestic service also had better marriage prospects than young women who worked in factories. In addition to their male co-workers they could also aspire to marry tradesmen or small business owners; i.e. glaziers, masons, grocers, pub owners, etc. Marriage was how most women obtained financial security back then. A prospective husband's earning potential was even more important then than it is now.
    They might have had better "prospects," but logistically it was far more difficult. People in service, especially maids, were frequently not allowed to marry -- or if they did mary, they would lose their jobs. Even if they kept their jobs, they likely would not have been allowed to share a room/home. And they almost certainly wouldn't have been allowed to have children. The Anna & Bates situation (as promised by the Earl) is definitely the exception to the rule.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan5 View Post
    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.
    Yes, that was my thought too. I think there's very little chance that Mary & Matthew won't end up together in some way, it's just the when & how. I'm also fairly certain that someone significant will die from the 'flu, the numbers just require it.

    Of course the scandal-that-wasn't-really-a-scandal could also evolve in some way to take Lavinia out.

    Speaking of inheritance laws ... I wonder how it would work if any of the girls had sons before the Earl died. Would they be in line to inherit, even with Matthew still in the picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
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    Speaking of inheritance laws ... I wonder how it would work if any of the girls had sons before the Earl died. Would they be in line to inherit, even with Matthew still in the picture?
    No. If a title is entailed to the "heirs male of the body", as most of them are then it has to go strictly in the male line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    I think it was too much baggage, too long a gap, and too many new characters (some of whom were just...no. In that chauffer/young lady romance, he's a jerk and she's SO hideous I was thinking "Good, hope you STAY in Berlin all the way to 1945. Enjoy starvation, carpet-bombing, and getting raped by the Red Army." She was THAT awful. If that's what they were aiming for, job well done, but....I mean, Branson sympathizes with the Bolshies but they haven't started the death squads, mass starvation programs, and the gulags yet, and Sibyl is interested in things like "Votes for women", not "Isn't he hot in his black shirt and why SHOULD we help some Jews anyway?") I mean, they had to START the show by basically making the set look absolutely nothing like the old one, and except for Rose and the exterior shot of the house there's not much to connect it to the old one. Fair enough, most of the old cast is long gone, but it begs the question of "Why are we calling it 'Upstairs Downstairs' at this point?"

    Downton, otoh, starts off fresh.
    Ita! I have a book on the Mitford sisters that I have not read yet but there seems to be a number of young ladies (including one Mitford) who were taken with Hitler and his minions. Whenever I see pictures stateside of American Nazi's in uniform back then (or any time) I shiver. What were they thinking? You are right about DA being fresh and U/D being unrecognizable from the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    Ita! I have a book on the Mitford sisters that I have not read yet but there seems to be a number of young ladies (including one Mitford) who were taken with Hitler and his minions. Whenever I see pictures stateside of American Nazi's in uniform back then (or any time) I shiver. What were they thinking? You are right about DA being fresh and U/D being unrecognizable from the original.
    At least with girls like the Mitford sister (I can't remember which one it was), it was really...well...they were seriously hot for Hitler. No, I don't get it either. Rather like Persie and her thing for von Ribbentrop (whom I cannot help but picture as Graham Chapman's 'Ron Vibbentrop' from Python's "Hilter in the Minehead by-elections" skit. No, "Hilter" is not a typo. There was also Mr. Bimmler and a phone call from Mr. McGoering.)

    The political parties were a little different. At least pre-war, a lot of the American fascist movement were like the American pro-Soviets, they got the political philosophy but missed the genocide. If anything they knew even less, as at that point the Nazis were keeping things like the death squads on the downlow, while there were American writers who went to the Soviet Union and SAW the victims of orchestrated famines and deportations and wrote it off as 'Sure, it LOOKS bad but Comrade Stalin must know what he is doing and if he says they had to die, well...' (Stalin had groupies, too. Maybe it's a moustache thing.) There's a reason the American Fascist movement faded rather fast at the end of the war when the scale of what the Nazis were doing and things like the film of Dachau's liberation became public. Flags, flashy rallies and spiffy uniforms and nationalist racial rhetoric (however illogical that is in a country with a population that's entirely immigrant if you go back far enough) are all fun and games, finding out the guy you're modeling it on was also a-okay with gassing small children is another matter.

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    Unity and Diana Mitford were the sisters most "obsessed" with Hitler.

    Detailed in this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Saga-M.../dp/0393324141

    Also of interest:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/...i_sisters.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    Unity and Diana Mitford were the sisters most "obsessed" with Hitler.

    Detailed in this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Saga-M.../dp/0393324141

    Also of interest:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/...i_sisters.html
    Thanks for the heads up--I didn't realize two of them liked him. And dancer I think the 30's were a particularly interesting time politically in the US. Your points are salient and my fear is if I lived in that period and did not travel to see Stalin's carnage for myself I would have been something of a sympathizer when it came to issues like the Spanish Civil War, the plight of 1/3 or more of Americans suffering with the onset of the Great Depression and fear of the Nazis and of the Facists. That said I now understand how naive I would have been regarding Communism actually working as an economic system. FDR is my favorite president but had I lived then he may have been too conservative for me. I just hate to admit that.

    Sorry for this indulgence--I guess issues in DA coupled with our current situation of the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer has me thinking about history beyond WWI. It certainly was an interesting century.

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    They brought Ethel back because this is one huge conservative wet dream morality play - and this liberal is totally hooked, lol!

    Let's see:

    have sex before marriage? your lover will die, no decent man will want you or you'll get pregnant

    Also, homosexuals = evil deviants.

    Yet I truly enjoy the show, even though some moments are ridiculously over the top. Such as miscarrying because you slipped on a 1/2 bar of soap that your evil maid told you wasn't there because she thought you were going to sack her.

    Can't wait for episode 4 on Sunday!
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    Well, this was a half-a-box of kleenex episode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    Well, this was a half-a-box of kleenex episode.
    that was the most compelling thing i saw this wk!

    cant wait for next wk

    my pbs station is hosting a live finale in their studio

    did they what william's injury was?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    I think it was too much baggage, too long a gap, and too many new characters (some of whom were just...no. In that chauffer/young lady romance, he's a jerk and she's SO hideous I was thinking "Good, hope you STAY in Berlin all the way to 1945. Enjoy starvation, carpet-bombing, and getting raped by the Red Army." She was THAT awful. If that's what they were aiming for, job well done, but....I mean, Branson sympathizes with the Bolshies but they haven't started the death squads, mass starvation programs, and the gulags yet, and Sibyl is interested in things like "Votes for women", not "Isn't he hot in his black shirt and why SHOULD we help some Jews anyway?") I mean, they had to START the show by basically making the set look absolutely nothing like the old one, and except for Rose and the exterior shot of the house there's not much to connect it to the old one. Fair enough, most of the old cast is long gone, but it begs the question of "Why are we calling it 'Upstairs Downstairs' at this point?"
    I never saw the old U/D, but the new one was too cartoonish, especially the awful Persie. (Ironically, the main reason I watched it was because I liked the actress so much in Little Dorrit! )
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    Ugh, why is Daisy being such a witch? Poor William is dying and and she won't agree to marry him on his deathbed? It's not as if she would have to be wed to him for the rest of her life. Maybe she will change her mind.

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    that is the only time a wedding ever made me cry

    it was also sad when molesley thought he was going to be the new bates and then bates came back

    thomas and obrien are almost cartoonish in their eville ways, there's no rhyme or reason
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    I was really angry about Daisy being pressured to marry William - I don't like seeing someone coerced to go against their conscience, even if I understand the logic those individuals were following. I think my irritation was influenced heavily by the fact that the reason the entire situation existed in the FIRST place was Daisy being pressured earlier to let William think she liked him more than she did and that she was his "sweetheart" on the now obviously faulty logic that "what harm could it do?" Well, this is the harm. That little white lie spiraled into a very unfair situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post

    did they what william's injury was?
    There was a mention of lung damage, and to me the doctor also hinted at massive internal bleeding.

    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post

    thomas and obrien are almost cartoonish in their eville ways, there's no rhyme or reason
    And Mrs. Bates. She even has an eville cackle!

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