September 1912. Designated heir Matthew Crawley and his mother Isobel arrive and move into a house in the grounds of Downton Abbey but Matthew is uncomfortable with having servants and is not keen on an arranged marriage - something he has in common with Lady Mary. Robert's mother Violet looks down on them as they are not from her class - Matthew is a working solicitor and Isobel a trained nurse and doctor's widow, who nonetheless impresses when she helps at the local hospital and saves the life of one of Robert's tenants. Cora upbraids the two nastiest servants, O'Brien and Thomas, for sneering at the Crawleys but impresses upon Mary the financial need for the marriage. Carson is blackmailed by Grigg, a man with whom he once had a music-hall act, but Robert takes his part and sees Grigg off. Whilst Carson feels foolish for having a less-than-aristocratic past, he is supported by Bates and the two men become friends.
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Did You Know?
Lord Grantham says that Carson is being melodramatic and that he's "not playing Sidney Carton." Carton is a character in Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities." Carton is, at times, an alcoholic and depressed. See more
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Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
[about the refurbished room at the Crawley house
It always seemed rather dark when my mother-in-law lived here; but then, she made everything rather dark.
Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
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