August 1920. At Ethel's request, Isobel and Mrs Hughes arrange a meeting with Mr and Mrs Bryant as Ethel believes her son Charlie would have a better life with them. The kindly Mrs Bryant offers money but Ethel, though it is heart-breaking for her, agrees that the couple should raise her son for his own benefit. Edith, incensed at the limits of women's suffrage, has an article published in the press, which annoys Robert, but he is even more angry when Tom and the pregnant Sybil arrive from Ireland. Tom is on the run as an I.R.A sympathiser who has attended their meetings and will be arrested if he returns to Dublin, making them exiles though Tom expresses a wish to return to his homeland. Handsome new footman Jimmy turns the heads of the maids - and Thomas - whilst Daisy is put out when Alfred seems smitten by new kitchen maid Ivy.
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Matthew defends Edith to Robert about her becoming a newspaper writer by mentioning Lady Sarah Wilson, who was Britain's first woman war correspondent in WW1. See more
Although there was a Drumgoole Castle once, it was no opulent edifice in 1920. The original Castle Drumgoole stood in County. Monaghan, not Dublin, and was captured by Oliver Cromwell in 1649 and subsequently remodeled as a hotel. Another fiction occurs when Mary regrets that her friend and fellow débutante, Laura Dunsany, is now homeless is equally false. The Lord of Drumgoole in 1920 had no daughters. See more
[Mrs. Hughes has just purchased an electric toaster
Is it not enough that we are sheltering a dangerous revolutionary, Mrs. Hughes? Could you not have spared me *that*?
Downton Abbey - The Suite
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