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Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:39 PM

Google Ngrams says that she's got a reason to be confused.

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Posted Feb 26, 2013 @ 7:31 PM

How can you leave out the brilliance of Isobel saying to DC, "Have they changed your pills?" Ooohhh, SNAP!
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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 9:03 PM

After Matthew and Carlisle's fist fight:
Matthew to DC: "Sorry about the vase."
DC: "Oh don't be. It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I've hated that thing for half a century!"
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Posted Feb 28, 2013 @ 1:58 PM

Some of the best quotes stem from Isobel and Violet's genteel snarkery.
Like when Violet arranged it so that Ethel could go to work with the family near her son, and Violet said something about it being a good thing to reunite mother and child.
Isobel: "And if you had to chop Charlie into pieces and sell him to the butcher for stew, you would have done it."
Violet: "Well, thankfully, it didn't come to that."
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Posted Mar 25, 2013 @ 8:24 PM

“Don't despair dear, it's very middle class.” - The DC, of course.
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Posted Mar 28, 2013 @ 8:16 AM

What about the gem from season 1:

Isobel: "I'll take that as a compliment."
DC: "Oh, I must have said it wrong."
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Posted Apr 14, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

This one from season 2, episode six. Isobel has it in her mind that now the war is over, she's going to use DA for lectures and what not and DC wants NONE of that:

DC: The war may be at an end, but the upheaval is only at the beginning.

Isobel: Oh right you are, that's why DA still has such an important part to play.

DC: Dear me.. there's still so much to be done. When you think about all the children laid up with disease....... (trailing off)

Isobel
: But they're making such advances now, aren't they? Now, can we talk about the lecture program for Downton?

DC: If we must, we must. If only I wasn't haunted by those women whose jobs will be snatched out from them when the boys come home.

Isobel: But we have to find work for our hero's don't we? That must be our priority, how ever hard that might sound.

Dc: As you say. And what about those retched refuges? What will become of them?

Isobel
: Ah, now you've struck a cord.

DC: (perking up) Have I really?? Oh thank heavens!

LOL.

The looks that MS gives off as DC are just so perfect for the dialog. Isobel fell right into that trap DC laid out for her. She definitely makes the show, for me.

Edited by callietwo, Apr 14, 2013 @ 12:41 PM.

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Posted Jan 6, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

From  the Season Premiere and the Dowager Countess to Robert: "If you don't behave, I'll have to call Nanny and have her send you to bed without supper."


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Posted Jan 6, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

Lady Mary after the perfume spilled: Well. Now it smells like a tart's boudoir.


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Posted Jan 6, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

The real question being, how does Mary know what a "tart's boudoir" smells like?


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Posted Jan 6, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

A man did die in her bed in the first season...


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Posted Jan 6, 2014 @ 6:20 PM

Robert: "I'll do it on one condition – no, two. First, Matthew must agree.  Second, you will both admit it when you realize you were wrong."

Violet: "Oh, well, that is an easy caveat to accept, because I'm never wrong.


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Posted Jan 6, 2014 @ 6:54 PM

An oldy but goody from S1, Violent commenting on perhaps marrying Mary off after the Turk incident: "In these moments, you can normally find an Italian who isn't too picky."


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Posted Jan 6, 2014 @ 10:59 PM

Isobel: "And if you had to chop Charlie into pieces and sell him to the butcher for stew, you would have done it."
Violet: "Well, thankfully, it didn't come to that."

 

 

Sorry, but I thought of posting that exchange somewhere as one I positively hated! Chopping Charlie as a joke/source of emphasis? Even if I didn't find that little boy absolutely adorable, especially when he was stumbling along as he tried to keep pace with his mother on a heartbreaking day (the day she gave him up), I would have disliked the comments. As it is, I despised both Isobel's making the reference, and Violet's response.

 

 

I always loved Violet putting Isobel in her place when they first met and Isobel eagerly asked what they should call one another.

"Well, we could always start with Mrs Crawley and Lady Grantham," Violet replied.

 

Then there was Violet's reaction to the Turkish Pamuk's inconvenient death at Downton Abbey:

"No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."


Edited by commenter, Jan 6, 2014 @ 11:00 PM.

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Posted Jan 7, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

I don't have the exact quote, but when Isobel and the DC were talking about raising children and Isobel expressed surprise and said that the DC struck her as the kind of mother who only saw her kids for an hour every day.

 

And the DC looked her square in the eye and said "but it was an hour every day!"


Edited by kassa, Jan 7, 2014 @ 12:32 PM.

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Posted Jan 13, 2014 @ 1:05 PM

Violet:  Tom's small talk is rather small.

Robert:  Not everyone can be Oscar Wilde.

Violet:  That's a relief!


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Posted Jan 13, 2014 @ 10:45 PM

From IMDb:

"Downton Abbey: Episode #1.4" (2010)
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Good heavens, what am I sitting on?
Matthew Crawley: A swivel... chair.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, another modern brainwave?
Matthew Crawley: Not very modern; they were invented by Thomas Jefferson.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Why does every day involve a fight with an American?
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Posted Jan 14, 2014 @ 7:19 AM

Dowager: "Don't call her your grace."

Tom: "I thought it was correct."

Dowager: "For a servant or an official, but in a social situation call her Duchess."

Tom: "But why? I don't call you Countess."

Dowager: "Of course not!"

Tom: "There's no logic in it."

Dowager: "If you're looking for logic, than don't look for it in the English upper class."


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Posted Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:12 PM

DC to Robert, on seeing he hasn't dressed for dinner:     "Why are you in your rompers?"

 

 

I died.


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Posted Jan 29, 2014 @ 6:48 PM

And the DC looked her square in the eye and said "but it was an hour every day!"

 

Without a doubt, my favourite moment in the entire series.  Penelope Wilton does not get the credit she deserves, though.  Every scene between Isobel and Violet is like a master class in acting.


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Posted Jan 29, 2014 @ 8:57 PM

Pretty much anything that comes out of Violet's mouth is an A+ line. The writing for her is always brilliant, and Maggie Smith is a treasure.

 

But I loved this exchange between Bates and Anna last season (paraphrasing slightly):

 

Bates: Thomas? Don't you mean Mr. Barrow?

Anna: Mr. Shove It Up His Jumper.


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Posted Feb 10, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

 

Anna: Mr. Shove It Up His Jumper.

 

Thanks for that; I couldn't understand what Anna said, and I didn't have subtitles on.

 

And I always love the Isobel-Violet exchanges.

 

Isobel: How you hate to be wrong

Violet: I wouldn't know; I'm not familiar with the sensation.


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Posted Feb 10, 2014 @ 6:36 PM

And no one can say "Goody, goody!" quite like Maggie Smith. Nor should anyone try.


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Posted Feb 19, 2014 @ 4:36 PM

To the best of my memory:

 

After discussing Edith's pregnancy and how life is a series of problems until you die:

 

Dowager:  "Now let's have some ice cream."

 

Edith:  "Well, that will sort it out."


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Posted Feb 19, 2014 @ 8:59 PM

I liked the ice cream exchange, too. I believe Grandma Violet asked her young granddaughter Edith:

 

"Now, go and get me some ice cream."

 

Makes me want some too.


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Posted Feb 20, 2014 @ 7:24 AM

Tom Branson: "I don't believe in types. I believe in people."


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Posted Feb 24, 2014 @ 6:35 PM

Daisy, who I find steadily more appealing, had one of this week's great quotes: "I'm never excited." And Sophie McShera's delivery was perfect.

 

Tom: "Losing Sybil was hard. Everything else is easy."  I'm glad he feels the way I do about Lady Sybil.

 

The entire carriage conversation between the Dowager and Isobel - far too long to quote in its entirety - was completely in character and absolutely brilliant.

 

Carson's dudgeon was higher than usual this episode, but my favorite line had to be "Nothing has ever 'gone on' in any house under my charge"

 

DC: "I'm too tired for second hand emotion"

 

Rose: "What could be more revolting than rummaging through men's socks?"
Mary: "Hmm"


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Posted Feb 24, 2014 @ 6:50 PM

I loved the whole exchange at the end between Carson and Mrs. Hughes as they're walking into the water, but this part was my favorite:

 

Carson: Suppose I fall over?

Mrs. Hughes: Suppose a bomb goes off. Suppose we're hit by a falling star.


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Posted Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:21 AM

 

The entire carriage conversation between the Dowager and Isobel - far too long to quote in its entirety - was completely in character and absolutely brilliant.

 

I agree, but I especially loved Violet's comment (and I'm paraphrasing because I can't remember the exact quote): "Why do you always have to be the trumpeter from the moral high ground?"


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Posted Feb 26, 2014 @ 7:32 PM

Dowager Countess to Tom at the ball, "I know I can trust you to steer."


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