All Good Things Must Come to an End

Alas, tonight is the last episode of the PBS Masterpiece series, Downton Abbey.  Damn, I’m gonna miss watching this show.  Word has it that they’ve picked up another season in Great Britain, so it’s my hope that someday I’ll get to see more of it.  But that won’t happen anytime soon.

For those of you who haven’t been watching, it’s an amazing series.  It’s won all kinds of awards in the UK and has a huge following there.  As for what it’s about, picture an updated Upstairs Downstairs, full of intrigue and class warfare, but mixed with the genteel Edwardian manners that those Brits were so good at.

Women’s rights play a huge role in the series, and of course there’s also a lot of love, romance and passion.  Heh, now you know why I love it so much.

For a short while PBS Online will be airing episodes if any of you want to view it, and it’s also available on DVD.  (Now you know what to get me for my birthday this year, hint hint).

So, fare thee well to the folks at Downton Abbey, for now.  Rest assured they will all be in my thoughts.


2 thoughts on “All Good Things Must Come to an End

  1. I thought about Upstairs/Downstairs.

    As you know I keep quoting this Dylan line:

    Sometimes I think this whole world is one big prison yard.

    Some of us are prisoners

    The other of us are guards.

    Well, an employee in some corporation is a servant.

    There are languages and codes and such involved when servant speaks to master, when servant speaks to servant outside the hearing of the master..etc.

    So you are right. As I watch these plays, it is like watching a game and I find myself sitting up once alerted to a scene where one or two rules are broken.

    Oh and one of the rules here is that the hierarchy represented between master and servant is mirrored in the hierarchy of the servants. The lower servant must recognize the importance of the higher servant.

    The same could be said of the relationships between the higher masters and the lower masters.

    the end

    1. Excellent point, Dick, and yes, that is the sort of thing that comes into play a lot in this show. The ladies’ maids in the house who assist the wife and daughters are privy to all sorts of information, and are considered beloved confidantes. But the ladies of the manor don’t know the kitchen maid who helps prepare their meals every day because the poor kitchen maid is kept hidden from sight. She is the lowest of female servants and is treated as such by the other servants, even though she works just as hard — if not harder — than the others.

      So as you point out, servants have their own caste system, yes.

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