I can sum it up in two words (and it’s not as noble as you think):
I know, I’m a little late to the party – and it’s kind of a lame reason, but it’s the truth all the same.
I somehow got wrangled into the Downton Abbey obsession a few weeks ago at work. Some of my teacher-friends were talking about it in the faculty lounge, and when I asked, they said, ‘What??? You haven’t seen it??? Oh, Landry – you HAVE to see it.’
This from my English Dept. girls, I couldn’t take it lightly. Conveniently enough, one of them has the first 3 seasons on DVD – which she immediately lent me.
The opportunity for season 1 came about 3 weeks ago when my husband was gone for a whole week of job-training. I got through the entire season in 2 nights.
Last week while I was on Spring Break, I got through season 2 (in between grading thesis papers, of course. That is the other reason I haven’t been blogging: can’t write when I have grading hanging over my head. Kinda like not being able to relax when my house is a mess. First things first).
Fortuitously enough, my husband is away again this week for job training, so, I started season 3 last night.
[I mention the husband-being-away-detail because, for sure, during play-off hockey, Downton has little chance of making it to prime-time in our house.]
The girls at work keep telling me, ‘Katie, just WAIT.’
Before I started watching, all I kept over-hearing about the show was, ‘It’s awful. Everyone dies.’ Really? That is supposed to entice me?
Well, maybe not everyone, but yes, I discovered there were a few deaths in season 2, although, I have to say, William’s and Lavinia’s deaths were incidental to me. And honestly? Lavinia had to go. She was in the way (bless her sweet heart). And I managed to get out of the girls that there are 2 more deaths in season 3.
They keep telling me, ‘Have a box of tissues nearby.’ Great. Really, though, the only deaths that could maybe bring me to tears might be Matthew/Mary or Anna/Bates. I’m not sure if losing anyone else would do it for me.
Well, I’ll let you know in a day or two when I re-emerge.
Time is of the essence. Gotta have this baby wrapped up before the husband comes home on Friday.
It’s the cast of characters from the Abbey keeping me company tonight.
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