"Meanwhile, Back at The Abbey - Lady Edith . . . "
A bit of a confession, Lady Edith might be my favourite. Admittedly - in the early seasons - she was a bit of a comic villain - quietly twirling her mustache making certain that her older sister life would be ruinous. She ratted out her sister Mary to the Turkish government - when all she had done is have premarital sex with their ambassador - and then have him die in Mary's bed. She had a brief fling with the farmer Mr Drake - where she also learned to drive a tractor! Her next beau, Micheal Gregson, both got her pregnant and THEN was killed by the Nazis . . . ! She was swept away to 'the continent' for just about 9 months . . . and returned with her 'ward.' She brought Marigold into the nursery at the house . . . and seemed to decide that she had a life of spinsterhood ahead of her. And somewhere in there, she was also left at the altar by a aged bounder.
The last season brought the incredibly kind Bertie Pelham - who turns out to be The Marquess of Hexham. Who wouldn't immediately marry any gentleman who says, "Would you believe me if I said I couldn't live without you?"
Who could have guessed that Edith would be the lady who outrank all the other members of her family . . . !
Be sure to see "Downton Abbey" coming to theaters on September 20th.