|Violet, Cora, Robert, Mary, Matthew, Tom, Sybil, Edith, and Isobel|
Robert: "Can I tempt you to one of these new cocktails?" Violet: "No, no, I don't think so. They look far too exciting for so early in the evening."
Tom: "They turned everyone out of the castle. Lord and Lady Dromgoole, their sons and all the servants. And then they set fire to it." Edith: "What a tragedy." Violet: "Well, rather yes and no – that house was hideous. Of course, that is no excuse."
Carson: "Hard work and diligence weigh more than beauty in the real world." Violet: "If only that were true."
Matthew: "Edith has had an invitation to write a newspaper column." Violet: "When may she expect an offer to appear on the London stage?"
Violet: "Robert, people like us are never unhappily married." Robert: "What do we do if we are?" Violet: "Well, in those moments, a couple is 'unable to see as much of each other as they would like.'"
"I do think a woman's place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there."
“What is The Scarlet Letter? … It sounds most unsuitable.”
“I was right about my maid. She’s leaving – to get married! How could she be so selfish?”
“I will applaud your discretion when you leave.”
“Don’t be defeatist, dear, it’s very middle class.”
“Lie is so unmusical a word.”
“Do I look like a frolicker?”
“Daisy, I said you could go for a drink of water, not a trip up the Nile.”
"I’ll have no swear words in here, thank you very much. Unless I’m doing the swearing."
“The problem with you lot is that you’re all in love with the wrong person.”
On food rationing after the war: “Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I wish I had a sow’s ear. It would be better than this brisket.”
“It sounds like the cry of the banshee… I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole” (re the newly installed telephone).
Look for the Season 4, Episode 1 recap, coming January 6—the day after the premiere! In the meantime, let us know who your favorite characters are and any other thoughts on the series so far. (Below, more shots of the Downton cast.)