Oh, what a fan of Downton Abbey I have become. I love the characters. I love the accents. I love the civil way they discuss delicate subject, for the most part. I love the clothing. And now I have to watch reruns, for the 3rd time, or wait 10 months for the new season. That is the way it always was when I was growing up, but now it seems like there are new seasons twice, sometimes 3, times a year. Interesting.
And Mathew died. Why must they do this? I know that the actor didn't want to return for another season. Didn't he know that when he was cast as the heir that he would be in this for a while? I can't understand why he would want to leave anyway. I guess if he was leaving then they did it the best they could. With Mathew and Mary still loving each other. And with a new heir.
I got my mama hooked on the show when she was here at Christmas. She loves it now, too. We were discussing the show last night and talked about how so much was made of dinner. So many people worked so hard for so long to get the dinner made, served, cleaned. And there were so many rules about how it all went, too. Seems a bit overkill for our day, but we have so much we can learn. We make no deal about spending that precious time together as a family. We forget how important it is to have traditions and schedules. The family would never have dreamed of missing dinner. Of course, it is all made so convenient when you don't have to cook. But, you did have to dress. I would rather cook! haha. Makes me wonder how the queen and Prince Philip eat and dress today. I would really like to know that.
Mama suggested that having all this formality was an effort to civilize a people who previously were not so refined. The rules and standards the king set were passed down through the ranks and learned by most. These rules and expectations are good for people. We should be expected to behave a certain way, and have a little social pressure to do so. I love Mrs. Hughes. She expected people to behave properly and allowed consequences to them when they didn't, but she exacted those consequences with such kindness and concern.
Such an interesting time period. We know where the changes are going, and it seems all a little sad to lose what they had.
See you in 2014..................