The Dowager Countess: 13 of Her Best ‘Downton Abbey’ Zingers

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Cousin Violet is a sage and stable port in the storm, according to me.

When we were first introduced to the Dowager Countess in 2010, many of us saw a stuffy, outdated old broad who was too stuck in her ways.

Not so, we’ve discovered.  Her Ladyship was perhaps one of the show’s most forward-thinking characters; shse assisted Lady Edith with her unplanned pregnancy, helped Dr. Clarkson soften the blow to Lady Cora regarding the cause of Sybil’s death (even though it was all Robert’s fault for trusting a new doctor), and told Lady Mary to stop being an a–hole and confess her true feelings to Cousin Matthew.

And so, as the sun sets in America on the final episode of Downton Abbey, we remember that quick wit and sassy attitude that made the Dowager Countess an international, timeless treasure. 

  1. How embarrassing that her own son wore black tie instead of white to dinner (his jacket went missing, but still…gross).
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2. A fair question if your days consist of tea, lunch and a walk around the grounds.

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3. Happy-ish is indeed a goal.  Just ask Edith.

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4. Fair play, given that in the early 20th century, most women only wore black when they were in mourning.

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5. Let’s save the enthusiasm for cordials.

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6. #bestfriends

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7. Did you learn that from your American mother, dear?

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8. Christ, Edith.

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9.  They’re the help.  They stay downstairs.  It’s unnatural to think they have their own lives.

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10. Marthan Levinson Makes Me Feel ______

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11. It’s undignified, really.

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12.  GET ME SOMETHING THAT WORKS!

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13. Theirs is a demographic good for dinners and shooting parties only, Tom.

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The US series finale of Downton Abbey airs March 6th at 9/8 central on PBS.

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