Downton Abbey promotional stills ~ 5x06.
Not only is Mabel Lane Fox not taking any of Mary’s “leftovers,” she’s also not gonna abide ridiculous social conventions and sit sidesaddle, because she’s out to win this race. Mabel Lane Fox FTW.
Edith doesn’t really want to know about her parents having terrific fun.
Ha. You know that’s totally the line Cora and Robert used to give the girls when they were younger and wanted “alone time.”
Too bad in this instance it actually meant, “Your father is having a fist fight with a gentleman who appreciates me more than he ever could.”
New life goal: Be as fierce as Mabel Lane Fox.
And here’s why:
— Violet gives her two cents about the nudist colony.
— Violet and Isobel playing puzzles and gossiping together.
— The most intense family dinner scene we’ve had so far this season.
— No more Bunting.
— Patmore and Mrs. Hughes talking about how men aren’t always right, but you should be careful not to tell them so — you don’t want to hurt their feelings.
— And then, Mabel Lane Fox, my new role model, refusing to play second fiddle to Lady Mary and storming off like a boss.
— Lady Rose’s new beau is hot.
— Simon Bricker trying to pull a Pamuk and sneak into Cora’s bedchamber. I like you Bricker, but that was a bad move. You should have just kissed her in the library when you had the chance.
— Robert finding them and beating him up.
— Edith finally getting up the courage to possibly do something about the Marigold situation, instead of listening to her aunt and her grandmother’s terrible advice.
— But then Anna thinks Bates is a murderer?
Can’t wait for next week!
Patmore: I don't know about building and I don't like to put me money into something I don't understand.
Hughes: Then why did you ask him?
Patmore: Because he's a man...I suppose.
Hughes: I'm not sure that's a good enough reason.
Patmore: Nor am I, now. But I don't want to hurt his feelings.
Hughes: I wish men worried about our feelings a quarter as much as we worry about theirs.
I want more scenes with Isobel and Violet gossiping and doing puzzles together. Give me all the Izzy + Vi scenes.
"Robert: It’s for people who want to take all their clothes off.- I agree, Vi. I’ve never been to Essex, but I’ve been to other terribly rainy parts of the English countryside and I don’t think you’d want to take your clothes off in any of them.
Violet: In Essex? Isn’t it terribly damp?"
Another good Spencer novel. The writing isn’t as subtle as some of her other books, but once again the main characters absolutely shine. I loved Roberta Jewett. She’s the kind of parent I would like to be if I ever had kids: fiercely independent, imaginative, a bit messy and not at all enthralled by housework, but she never lets her daughters forget they are loved — kind of like a 1916 version of Lorelai Gilmore. And Gabriel is sort of like the 1916 version of Luke Danes — a gruff carpenter/handy man who is alternately frustrated and captivated this woman. They’re two people who don’t exactly need each other, but they want each other and that makes it a good love story. The main villain is a bit cliche with all his cigar-twirling, but the rest of the characters make up for it. I’m gonna keep seeking out more of Spencer’s novels. 3 stars.
I loved this line because it’s the first time we’ve seen Mary really honest this series. She’s normally a very decisive person, but in matters of the heart, she fumbles — she did it with Matthew and now she’s doing it with Gillingham and Blake. I think she gets just as frustrated with herself as we do sometimes.
Plus, haven’t we all felt this way at one point? If we could just work ourselves out — if everything in life was clear-cut — it would all be so much easier.
"How could a person want something and fear it, too?"- That Camden Summer
Texas Man Was Alone With Only His Phone and Books
Finding yourself locked in a bookstore is bad…I guess?