Principles are like prayers

PrinciplesFrom The Independent: In Downton’s social revolution, as in its political one, it’s the older characters who play the most significant roles. The Dowager Countess deviously dismantled cousin Isobel’s chances of a high-ranking marriage, while keeping her own Wildean wit intact. “Principles are like prayers,” she counselled the younger Crawleys over dinner. “Noble, of course, but awkward at a party.” If this slow-moving series eventually unravels (as I think it must) into only the Dowager’s decrepit form, alone at Dower House, whispering cutting asides into the fire, we will be none the worse off for it.

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