When I first started watching Downton Abbey, it was an escape from all sorts of things: grading papers, organizing closets, reading books that are really hard and force you to google words that you don’t know.
You know: stuff you have to do.
Well, one of the first things I noticed was the presence of MAGGIE SMITH in her complete perfection, and she had a few ZINGERS, and they were so great, so funny, that you really did not wish her to stop after JUST ONE….(I have the same problem with tortilla chips and those toll house chocolate chip cookies that take only ELEVEN minutes to bake. I know: a little TOO easy. Very. Dangerous.)
All she had to do was have some lines like this:
Violet: “I’m so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I’m with her I’m reminded of the virtues of the English.”
Matthew: “Isn’t she American?”
Or this: “What is a WEEKEND?” and of course you are laughing, and IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TO BE HOOKED.
I kid you not. Continue reading