And Matthew’s Mum Isobel is not making points
Or endearing herself to Cora, Lady Grantham.
Mrs. Crawley seems to forget who owns the joint.
This too shall pass, is Cora’s continuing anthem.
And the sisters are trifles and trollops,
Confections of womanly gifts.
Except for Sybil whose nursing skills are tops
Mary and Edith can’t keep straight whom to kiss.
Then there is sweet Lavinia Swire,
Matthew’s Fiance and future bride.
Aunt Rosamund tries to paint her as a liar,
Wondering what secrets she has to hide.
But downstairs the ladies are just as mixed
A bunch of women as the upstairs crowd.
Mrs. Patmore focuses on the latest meal she has fixed,
While Mrs. Hughes runs her tight ship proud.
The head house maid Anna is perhaps my favorite of the servants,
All Anna wants to do is be Bates’ wife.
While Ethel chats up the soldiers, and O’Brien schemes and plans.
Poor sweet Daisy dreams of a better life.
What will the fates bring them,
The women of Downton Abbey?
Will they remain the crème de la crème?
Or have scandals undo what was tidy?
Of this we can be certain, to be sure
That when we think of these ladies of DA 2
No one is without blemish or entirely pure
But we so love watching them anew.
Very Micely Yours, Melissa the Mouse
P.S. The Mary and Matthew storyline is particularly frought with hope and despair and anguish and resignation. I include the lovely video “With or Without You-Mary & Matthew” by EemersonM for you to enjoy. However, it does have some yet to be seen footage from Season 2. So, if you want to retain your element of surprise, don’t play the video. Enjoy!
(1) Image representing the virtual Melissa the Mouse–a character that Gratiana Lovelace created and will expand upon in future posts–was found at http://images.macworld.com/appguide/images/312/621/772/ss2.jpg
(2) Image of Downton Abbey Season 2 cast was found at and for more about Downton Abbey, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/season2.html or the general PBS web site of www.pbs.org
(3) To watch episodes of Downton Abbey season 2, visit PBS:
Episode 1: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/downtonabbey2_ep1.html
Episode 2: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/downtonabbey2_ep2.html
(4) “With or Without You-Mary & Matthew” is a video by EemersonM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdGflLch5ek&feature=related
(5) Nota Bene: Melissa the Mouse is a fictional, virtual character created by her non virtual human Gratiana Lovelace. Melissa the Mouse plans to virtually visit and fictionally write about her experiences in mice life. So, please suspend your disbelief and join her for the ride. All references to real persons living, dead, or undead (since vampires are so popular these days, eek!)–whom she may or may not have met–and actual places she may or may not have visited are pure whimsy and meant in good fun.