I'm losing my touch. I teach at a homeschool cooperative and for a drawing exercise, I asked my art students to find a picture of a celebrity or character and attempt a sketch. My rationale is that it is more fun when your classmates recognize the face in the picture. Of course, I always try to give it a go, too. On the day of class, we all brought out our pencil sketches and tried to guess the identity of the person in the drawings of classmates. Not one single student knew who I had tried to draw. To clarify, that picture above is supposed to be Lady Mary of Downton Abbey. Apparently, homeschool kids don't watch Downton Abbey (or my "skills" aren't all that skillful).
Should have drawn Elvis; he never fails in Tennessee.
My dear pal, Kelley, got me hooked on Downton Abbey. I lay the blame at her feet for talking about it till I had to jump in and get up to speed on the storyline. Now, Hubzam and I love that show and I'm not sure what it is exactly that makes it so enjoyable; it's probably a combination of factors. The costuming is fantastic; I love to see all the styles of the twenties but I'm sure that isn't what Hubzam appreciates. It doesn't hurt that they have a fabulous estate surrounded by acres of beautiful rolling green fields. Everyone on the show has a bit of a back story at this point and we actually are invested in the character's welfare; we haven't yet caught on to the concept of "fiction" yet. You've got to care about a character, right? If not, what's the point in following along? Put all these elements together and it makes for enjoyable viewing.
As lovely as all the younger "ladies" are, my favorite is Maggie Smith in her role of Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Her biting comments and witty zingers, all delivered with her nose in the air, are hilarious. She was put on earth to put people in their place and I'm almost sure she would agree (if she were a real person).
I've included a few below:
You are quite wonderful, the way you see room for
improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.
I take that as a compliment.
I must have said it wrong.
Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class.
Sybil, vulgarity is no substitute for wit.
Well, you started it.
I'll do it on one condition - no, two. First, Matthew must agree ...
Second, you will both admit it when you realize you were wrong.
Oh, well, that is an easy caveat to accept, because I'm never wrong.
Come to think of it, Violet is not the only older member of the cast of characters that can deliver a zinger - she's just the best at it. Mary's mother-in-law, Isobel, and the butler, Mr. Carson, can hold their own with the quips. I see a trend here. The older set of Downton may be flabbier, but they're funnier. Every story needs a touch of hilarity, even if it is subtle.
It may be the only time I choose to be on the flabby side, though I'm usually there anyhow by way of my uniquely qualified physique.
[Hubzam, it wasn't the same without you...darn business trips. Coco made no comments, but she did appreciate having your chair all to herself. She's greedy with the real estate. Safe travel and wrap it up as soon as you can. Love you.]