Lady Edith: Ginger Spice
Posted Feb 24, 2013 @ 11:41 AM
Posted Feb 24, 2013 @ 8:27 PM
I went back and watched some season one stuff today, and man, did they style Edith like the ugly duckling that season. I know the actress is actually rather lovely, so it was all the styling, and she looks much better now. At least Fellowes has let up on abusing her in that area.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:09 PM
I note that matchmaking doesn't seem to be an obsession among the elder Crawley women. Everyone can disapprove of Edith's choices, but I haven't seen Violet or Cora lifting a finger to throw "suitable" men in Edith's path.
Edited by hermannmem, Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:50 PM.
Posted Mar 9, 2013 @ 4:20 PM
I do think Edith deserves some credit for her reaction to Mary's little stunt at the Garden Party where she ruined Edith's chances at marrying Anthony. I know she did it in reaction to the letter, and I am certainly not defending the letter. But after what Mary did to her, Edith could have upped the game even more by spreading the news of Pamuk even further: writing to newspapers, telling their friends and neighbors. She didn't do that, and after what Mary did to her I think that took considerable restraint. If anything, I think she learned from the experience. It seems she might have reflected on her behavior, decided it was wrong and overcome her instinct for revenge.
Of course she knew Mary could have upped the game even further as well, and maybe she wanted to avoid that. But really, what could Mary do to Edith that had not already been done? She was considered unworthy of a husband anyway, her own family talked of her as a nobody. I could easily see how someone in that situation would just say "eff it, eff them, I am going to ruin my sister because my life is worthless and will stay that way." Perhaps what held her back was a desire to protect Sybil and her mother. But still, I think she should be given credit for her restraint. What Mary did was very cruel.
Posted Apr 23, 2013 @ 8:14 AM
Edited by GeorgeHo1987, Apr 23, 2013 @ 8:16 AM.
Posted Apr 23, 2013 @ 11:10 AM
I have to say I thought Edith showed tremendous growth in the CS, despite what is probably impending doom with the Gregson thing. For one, I loved her headband. All of the sudden Edith looks cutting-edge and Mary looks dowdy. Obviously she was pregnant there, but I thought her "going-away" outfit for the wedding was matronly. But most importantly, she seems to have left the sibling rivalry behind her. Mary was the one reviving it, making snide, rude comments about Gregson. But Edith didn't take the bait, just pointed out that Mary was being nasty. She didn't snipe back, just moved on. Good for her.
I think she is the strong one. Again and again she gets knocked down, sometimes by her own bad decisions but often by her family, and she picks herself up without much help at all, if any. When Mary stumbles, others break her fall. Even though Edith can have poor judgment when it comes to romance (largely because of her understandably shaky self-esteem), she does soldier on and doesn't wallow in self-pity.
Posted Sep 7, 2013 @ 11:28 AM
Edith is Downton's very own dark horse, transforming from one of the least interesting main cast characters to one of the most interesting characters. I'm beginning to think that Edith will outlive them all, get a pile of money and laugh with it all the way to the bank singing "and you thought I was a looser! Look at me now!"
Actually, with her luck Gregson will turn into a total cad. There's nothing really romantic about a married man going after a young, unmarried woman, it seems to be underscoring that huge double-standard about men pursuing pleasure and women being all submissive at home (Matthew and Mary have both gotten away with their transgressions, passive little Lavinia did die in the nick of time, Mary did get away with her night of madness with Pamuk by the skin of her teeth and Robert got away with sticking his tongue down Jane the Maid's throat whilst his wife might well have been dying up stairs from the flu? But not Edith, she's not that lucky). I fear Gregson will get what he wants, a successful column and Edith's body and then, knowing her luck, he will bugger off when it suits him or when Edith gets too serious or worse still, pregnant. Its just the sort of soap opera twist that Fellowes might deploy and quick, enter from stage left a very convenient, last minute stitch-up of a marriage to cover up the scandal.
I wonder whether they felt that they had to have the melodramatic element in it Upstairs so that it didn't seem too easy or charmed a life and Edith was the person to do that, I mean its not as if they expected the deaths of Matthew or Sybill when the story began, particularly not so close to the birth of children. I suspect she was designed to hover around only to appear in-time to be the butt-monkey or do something manipulative in a flawed attempt to exert some power and then drift backwards. I can't help but think that the whole thing might have gone very different if Robert or Cora had said "I love you Edith" just a little bit more often during her tricky pubescant years. If she believed that she was plain or disinteresting then who would want to marry her, so its not like she's spoiling her chances bad-mouthing Mary to anybody who will listen is it? I also wonder whether anybody really knew at the time or realised with retrospect that Edith was in-love with Patrick? "There's another man you've played with and now he's dead too" must be a pretty powerful reason to have 'issues' with your sister.
I wonder though, did loosing Sybill leave so massive a hole they are now having to plug it anyway they can? Edith does seem to have taken on a bit more of the practical and perhaps even somewhat more outwardly aware characteristics from her sister. Lady Rose is the party-girl, but Sybill actually thought things out for herself and Edith seems to be thinking through her own expectations and those of other people completely differently. It's as if Edith realised "well if Sybill can strike out for herself and find happiness where she wants to, then so can I and to hell with Mary! She can have the ruddy great house and the title if she wants it!" As soon as that hospital moved in she actually got her own distinct focus and for that if anything, I am greatful for the 2nd season.
Does any of that make any sense at all?
Posted Feb 6, 2014 @ 3:05 PM
Say it with me folks... "Poor Edith"!
I'll admit, she's my favorite upstairs character (along with Isobel, who is just so sweet and awesome, and wears great hats), but geez, give the poor girl a break! Not only does Mary take every opportunity to snark at her, now Gregson is nowhere to be found, and she's preggers! I love how she called out Robert when he came into the room and found her cryinig, and called her his darling girl or somesuch... "But I'm not your most darling girl, am I?" At least she's resigned to what everyone in the family seems to think of her.
Anyway, I love her, and she has the most awesome wardrobe on the show.
Posted Feb 6, 2014 @ 3:35 PM
she has the most awesome wardrobe on the show.
This. Long live the headscarves.