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Friday, March 16, 2012

Quotes Revisited #3

From Season 1-Episode 2
The servants are discussing Matthew Crawley, Lord Robert's heir, and his mother Isobel

Thomas: So what d'you think we'll make of them?

Sarah O'Brien: I shouldn't think much. *She* hasn't even got a lady's maid. 

Anna: It's not a capital offence. 

John Bates: She's got a maid - her name's Ellen. She came a day early. 

Sarah O'Brien: She's not a lady's maid. She's just a housemaid that fastens hooks and buttons when she has to. There's more to it than that, you know.

Anna: We want some *very* precise reporting when dinner's over.

Thomas: Are we to treat him as the heir? 

Sarah O'Brien: Are we heck as like! A doctor's son from Manchester? He'll be lucky if he gets a civil word out of me. 

Anna: [drily] We're *all* lucky if we get a civil word out of you.

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