Downton Abbey…Episode for February 2
For me the most interesting conflict of the evening was between the Dowager Countess and Isobel Crawley. They are on such opposite poles of values in society, the dowager being so spoiled and used to being the cherry on top of the sundae…and Isobel so conscious of her duty to make the world a better, fairer place for people like the newly hired hand of whom the dowager is so very suspicious from the beginning. I enjoyed Isobel’s triumph, but was also relieved to see that the dowager was actually made of better stuff than I had supposed in her apology and rehiring of the young man. For the first time, Isobel was speechless. Isobel is the modern woman, while the dowager is a throwback to the serfdom of times gone by. What marvelous social foes they make!
Thomas Barrow is a villain of the first degree. The tension he creates only adds to my desire that he be thwarted for his efforts to ruin other people’s lives. I want the hold he has on the new lady’s maid to be broken soon, though I doubt that will happen.
Tom Branson, the late Sybil’s husband, is a good man with good intentions for helping to take care of the estate. I’m hoping that he acquires more confidence in himself. The family has accepted him. They respect him and even like him.
Mary’s sister, Edith, is a puzzle to me. I fear she may have placed her trust too soon in the man she has agreed to marry. Not yet sure where that’s going. At any rate, I love the series and feel drawn into the plot twists and conflicts. For example, I loved the way Lady Grantham handled the restaurant scene when the head waiter was snubbing Bates and his wife Anna. Great stuff! JB