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Of all the characters, Mary is the one who undergoes the greatest metamorphosis over the course of the three series. When we first met her she appeared to be a hard-hearted, rather cold and ambitious elder daughter of an earl. Blighted by having been born a girl rather than a boy, she needed to prove that she could make a success of herself just as much as any male heir would have. Mary’s closest relationships are with men: her father, Matthew and Carson. This stems, perhaps, from her feeling that she should have been born a boy. If she wasn’t one, then she was going to be as near as dammit. Her admirable qualities are ones that would have been considered masculine in 1920: she’s an adventurer, brave, an excellent horsewoman and a natural leader. In many ways, a woman of her disposition at that time would have been frustrated by the stemming of her potential. — Jessica Fellowes, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

Of all the characters, Mary is the one who undergoes the greatest metamorphosis over the course of the three series. When we first met her she appeared to be a hard-hearted, rather cold and ambitious elder daughter of an earl. Blighted by having been born a girl rather than a boy, she needed to prove that she could make a success of herself just as much as any male heir would have. Mary’s closest relationships are with men: her father, Matthew and Carson. This stems, perhaps, from her feeling that she should have been born a boy. If she wasn’t one, then she was going to be as near as dammit. Her admirable qualities are ones that would have been considered masculine in 1920: she’s an adventurer, brave, an excellent horsewoman and a natural leader. In many ways, a woman of her disposition at that time would have been frustrated by the stemming of her potential. — Jessica Fellowes, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

Anonymous asked: Glad to see you back. Your fics are wonderful and hope to read more from you soon.

Thank you! It’s good to be back my dear anon :) 

orangeshipper:

I ADORE their outfits here. And their faces and it was the first time we heard Matthew say that he loved her and I just love them both so terribly much. Even when they disagreed so fundamentally, they always held their love above it all.

downtonabbeylamps:

Season three, episode seven. This lamp is so scandalised by their behaviour that it can’t keep itself in focus!

downtonabbeylamps:

Season three, episode seven. This lamp is so scandalised by their behaviour that it can’t keep itself in focus!

Reblog this if you want (1) long message that will make your night.

In case you’re without task this night…

So as you know, I’m back posting from a long leave of absence, and although I’ve put this on here before (God knows where!) I shall post it again in case it takes someone’s fancy…

Here be the link to my fanfic page (under the same name as this here tumblr) I haven’t written much but I’m trying to get back into it so BOOM, give ‘em a read! 

http://www.fanfiction.net/~crawleyandthelady

I was worried about Lady Sybil, but I’m not worried anymore.