Re: Matthew's first proposal: Thanks for including the transcript of that conversation, Princess Aldrea
. I also remembered that Matthew mentions having rejected Mary when he's lying in the hospital, which confirms to me that he rescinded the proposal before she had a chance to say yes. And I agree with those who have pointed out the parallels between this conversation and the Christmas special proposal; I hadn't thought about those before but it's nice that the central questions introduced in season 1 re: Mary/Matthew ("are you sure?" and "will you stay?") have been answered.
Of course one can be married and have children and still be a feminist.
Even if it did strike me as pretty rich that the only self-avowed feminist on the show ends up married and pregnant. So much for seeing the rest of the world, Sybil.
Yes, but I do think it's ironic that she is the first of the three sisters to make the rather traditional decisions of marriage and motherhood given how progressive she is/thinks she is. It'll be interesting to see if married, mama Sybil feels any bitterness (I fully admit that I want Fellowes to go this direction, but then, I'm on a push to make Branson and Sybil interesting). She made a big deal about wanting to do something - which I at least interpreted as wanting to stick with nursing - with her life. Given the time period and unless Branson has a lot of money stashed away to afford some serious household help (highly doubtful!), she would have to be a stay-at-home mother and this would could limit her extracurricular activities. Nothing against being a mother and a feminist, but it just seems that Sybil could feel limited in the future.
There's been a lot of talk about the possibility of maybe-Patrick popping up again and raising real questions as to Matthew's claim on the title and estate, but at this point, I don't think Mary would see that as much of an issue.
One of the (many) things that bugged me about Faux Patrick was that his introduction at this stage was unnecessary, particularly in light of the poignancy of the previous episode, which I thought was one of the best of both seasons. We all got it, Matthew is impotent and sad about the inability to have children and this has serious ramifications for the future of the estate. Why beat us over the head with it by introducing some ridiculous bandaged man that's going to disappear in a half hour? Having said that, an imposter storyline might have been better used next season to show how far Mary has come, as you suggested Shanna Marie
The other series ending I'd like to see (assuming the show makes it this far) is Mary/Matthew having a daughter who can inherit when the entail laws change in 1925 (think I've got the year right) and/or Mary ends up being able to officially inherit in 1925. I think it'd be nice to see the show go full circle to the issue of the entail and show that now, it's a non-issue.
I'm not sure I can wait an entire year for the Crawley Squared wedding.
Ha! Love it - and I share your apprehension about the wait. I'm suffering serious Downton withdrawal problems...at least when I finished watching for the first time in Dec I had the re-watching and additional discussions to keep me going.
And as a personal plea, if anybody knows of a way to get some of the music from season 2 not included on the CD please let me know! In particular, there's a lovely theme that plays several times (including during the sweeping shot of Downton receiving the first batch of convalescent soldiers) that I'd love to have. I'm actually annoyed at how much music was left off the CD.
ETA: just discovered Vanity Fair's recaps: http://www.vanityfai...ristmas-special
I particularly enjoy this line "The ensuing luncheon at the shooting lodge is rife with claret, candelabras, and tension, as Mary and Matthew prattle about Adele’s performance at the Grammys, and Murdoch-Carlisle watches, seething among the pinecones."
Edited by ScienceGirl12, Feb 23, 2012 @ 12:46 AM.