Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Period Drama Advice Column: My Entry

And I will also come up with a Period Drama Advice Column entry (unless you count my example of Scarlet O'Hara's letter to Elinor Dashwood as being one, then this is #2!). Here we go!

Dear Period Drama Advice Column,
I am the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Our estate, Downton Abbey, had been entailed on my son the Earl of Grantham's cousin. We always hoped that Lord Grantham's cousin's son would marry Lord Grantham's daughter, Lady Mary, but we had the most terrible news. Both Lord Grantham's cousin and his son were on the Titanic when it sunk. We believe Downton should go to Lady Mary, but the estate is entailed to Lord Grantham's third cousin, who talks of "jobs" and "weekends"! And Lord Grantham will not fight the entail because he believes it's hopeless. Putting it bluntly, do you think Lord Grantham has thrown in the towel prematurely?
Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Lady Violet,
I see no occasion for entailing estates from the female line. It was not thought necessary in Sir Lewis de Bourgh's family. My estate at Rosings is not entailed and will happily go to my daughter, Miss de Bourgh. Daughters are never of so much consequence to a father, so we need not be surprised why Lord Grantham will not fight the entail. Though your Downton Abbey cannot not possibly match the splendor of Rosings Park, I suggest that you go to London and fix it yourself. You will have to change horses at Bromley, of course - mention my name at the bell and they will attend you.

~Lady Catherine de Bourgh

 God Bless,
 God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet


  1. Miss Bennet - you are brilliant! Thanks for helping us live in this virtual world of period drama!

    Miss Kathy

  2. Lady Catherine's letter is so much like her! It made me giggle! :)
    I liked Lady Violet's mention of "jobs" and "weekends", I could definitely hear her voice while I was reading! :)

  3. Wow.. that sounds exactly like what Lady Catherine would say!! Great job! :)

  4. Love the end of Lady Catherine's - haha.

    I still need to think of something...hmm....

  5. So funny! I finally posted my own advice column here:

    Hope you enjoy it! :)


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