Melissa the Mouse: The Women of Downton Abbey, 1/18/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #107)

Since I am a Mice Girl, Melissa is my name.
I very much like the women of Downton Abbey.
Surely you know the show by reputation and fame.
I also like that their pet Isis is a dog and not a tabby.

From old to young and rich to poor
The women of DA delight us with their lives.
At first blush old Lady Violet seemed quite dour,
But now she grows on me, like a fresh case of hives.

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

(2)     Image of Downton Abbey Season 2 cast was found at and for more about Downton Abbey, visit or the general PBS web site of

(3)     To watch episodes of Downton Abbey season 2, visit PBS:
Episode 1:
Episode 2:

(4)    “With or Without You-Mary & Matthew” is a video by EemersonM

(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.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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7 Responses to Melissa the Mouse: The Women of Downton Abbey, 1/18/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #107)

  1. April says:

    Thanks Melissa the Mouse. ;-)

    I like this serie too. For the moment, I’ve seen the season 1.


  2. Fabi says:

    Hi Melissa,
    I too have seen only season one. I’m fond of that historic period, early twentieth century, and instantly liked the characters, scenarios, costumes, plot of the series. To us RA fans, a bonus is the opportunity of see some familiar faces as Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville. And all those Lady Violet’s great lines! (What is a weekend?) LOL
    I really want to see the couples Mary/Matthew and Anna/Bates have their deserved happy ending. :)


    • Dear Fabi,

      The cast and characters of DA are very endearing
      Especially the romantic couples.
      And DA 2 has twists, that make us a fearing
      Despite the lovely costumes, the plot gives them more troubles.

      Cheeses! Melissa the Mouse


  3. Fabi says:

    This is specially for you, Melissa:

    Gruyère, Camembert, Gorgonzola and Brie
    These strange names said nothing to me.
    Stilton, Emmental, Gouda, Roquefort
    Now I realize they are in some sort
    The finest delicacies that you cannot resist:
    Provolone, Minas, Cheddar and Swiss.

    Signed: Fabi the Grey Cat


    • Dear Fabi the Grey Cat,

      You are a “perfection of cheeses”
      From among my mes amis(es).
      Vous etes une belle le chat,
      Using memory, not Google translat(e)
      And I’ll please take one of each type, in bite sized pieces.

      Very Micely Yours, Melissa the Mouse


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