维奥莱特·克劳利
格兰瑟姆老伯爵夫人
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生平
生于 1842年
婚姻
状况
格兰瑟姆伯爵六世遗孀
居住地 寡居屋,,唐顿约克郡
称谓 格兰瑟姆老伯爵夫人
老伯爵夫人
夫人阁下
格兰瑟姆老夫人
老夫人
妈妈(罗伯特·克劳利科拉·克劳利罗莎蒙德·佩恩斯威克称)
奶奶(玛丽·塔尔博特伊迪丝·佩勒姆西比尔·布兰森
维奥莱特堂(表)亲
维奥莱特(伊莎贝尔·格雷称)
资料
性别
身高 5'5"
发色 灰色
瞳色 蓝色
家庭
近亲 罗伯特·克劳利(儿子)
罗莎蒙德·佩恩斯威克(女儿)
帕特里克·克劳利(丈夫)†
其他
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科拉·克劳利(儿媳)
马默杜克·佩恩斯威克(女婿)†
玛丽·塔尔博特(孙女)
伊迪丝·佩勒姆(孙女)
西比尔·布兰森(孙女)†
伊莎贝尔·格雷(远房姻堂亲)
马修·克劳利(远房姻堂亲/孙女婿)†
亨利·塔尔博特(孙女婿)
汤姆·布兰森(孙女婿)
赫伯特·佩勒姆(孙女婿)
西比·布兰森(曾外孙女)
乔治·克劳利(曾外孙)
玛丽戈尔德(曾外孙女)
苏珊·麦克莱尔(外甥女)
休·麦克莱尔(姻外甥)
罗斯·麦克莱尔(外甥孙女)
从属
职业 唐顿诊疗所董事长(曾经)
忠于 克劳利家族
唐顿庄园
幕后
演员 玛吉·史密斯

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周末是什么?
格兰瑟姆老伯爵夫人


维奥莱特·克劳利(Violet Crawley格兰瑟姆老伯爵夫人,生于1842年[1]。维奥莱特因为嫁给上一任格兰瑟姆伯爵成为了克劳利家族的老夫人,也因为其外甥女和教女——弗林特郡侯爵夫人苏珊·麦克莱尔而与麦克莱尔家族结为亲家。 她是格兰瑟姆伯爵七世罗伯特·克劳利和[[罗莎蒙德·佩恩斯威克]的母亲,是罗伯特和她妻子科拉的三个女儿玛丽伊迪丝西比尔·克劳利的祖母,也是玛丽的儿子乔治·克劳利,西比尔的女儿西比·布兰森和伊迪丝的女儿玛丽戈尔德的曾外祖母。

生平

背景

维奥莱特出生于1842年,她的父亲是一位从男爵,且还有至少一个姐妹(即她的侄女和教女,弗林特郡侯爵夫人苏珊·麦克莱尔的母亲[2])和一个姑妈[3]。尽管生于贵族之家,但是她的家庭相对来说已是贫困潦倒。她出嫁时基本上没有任何嫁妆。因此,当在1860年前嫁于当时的格兰瑟姆伯爵时,她带去了贵族的血统但是并没有为克劳利家庭带去多少经济利益。婚后,海浦沃斯勋爵的父亲还“追求”过她。 [4]

在十九世纪五六十年代,还是小姑娘的维奥莱特穿过“裙撑,裙衬和羊腿袖。”[5]

维奥莱特育有两个孩子,一个儿子是爵位继承者罗伯特·克劳利,还有一个女儿罗莎蒙德·佩恩斯威克。在婚姻问题上,她的孩子并未追随她的脚步选择血统标准,而是以钱财为目的。老夫人以前非常反对罗伯特与现伯爵夫人、当时的美国女继承人科拉·莱文森在1889年的婚事,但的确享受到了她的钱财带来的好处[6]

老夫人以前去俄罗斯的时候遇见了伊戈尔·库拉金亲王,并共同度过了一段浪漫的时光,但是最后她还是选择了她的丈夫而不是前者。

<tabber>|-|第一季= 詹姆斯帕特里克·克劳利的死彻底改变了维奥莱特的世界,也让她的孙女玛丽失去了嫁给爵位继承者的机会。新继承人,马修·克劳利没有达到玛丽的要求,而且马修不是一个贵族而是一个中产阶级。不像罗伯特,维奥莱特拒绝接受玛丽继承权的丧失,这也让她和儿媳妇科拉·克劳利站在了统一战线上。

当两位伯爵夫人意识到马修·克劳利将在继承格兰瑟姆伯爵的爵位还会获得科拉的财产,他们则把关注重点移到了劝说玛丽嫁给马修的问题上。当维奥莱特听到在伦敦有关于玛丽与凯末尔·帕穆克有染的传闻后,这个问题变得更为迫切。她震惊地知道这个传言是真的后,敦促科拉玛丽赶快嫁给马修

这段时间的最大的亮点就是Violet和Isobel的争吵了。作为唐顿医院的董事长,Violet对医院和其主治医生Dr. Clarkson有绝对的掌控权。之后尽管Violet的反对,Isobel胁迫一生使用先进的医学治疗手段,比如用肾上腺素来治疗本地农民的水肿。Violet跟着Isobel和Clarkson进入手术室,她在哪里见证了这个农民的生命被拯救。为了避免以后这样的情况发生,Robert任命Isobel也成为医院董事会的医院,Violet不得不与Isobel分享权力。

之后在唐敦村庄的花展上,Isobel发现Violet年年都能赢得村庄杯奖之最佳盛开花卉奖。Isobel认为是老夫人的威势让组委会把奖颁给Violet而不是Bill Molesley。Violet依旧和往常一样和Isobel拌嘴,Robert、Cora和Mary这次都站在Isobel一辩。在Violet准备宣布自己是获奖者的时候,她看见了Molesley的落寞的表情,处于一阵良心的愧疚感让她改变了主意,宣布Molesley是获奖者。当Molesley感谢Violet能让他获得这个奖项的时候,老夫人则说是组委会让他获奖的,而不是她。这让Cora略感困惑,因为她是组委会的一员。

在1913-1914年间,她的计划终于要到了收获的时候,Mary要打算嫁给Matthew了。但是这个时候Cora却意外地怀孕了,这样Matthew则变得前途未卜了。Rosamund建议Mary等到孩子降生再作决断,而Violet强烈反对这个建议,并建议Mary现在打印嫁给他。因为在紧要关头时你的承诺可以让一个男人爱你一生一世,而且即使Cora生下的是男孩,Matthew变得一无所有的时候,Mary也是可以改变主意的。不幸的是,Cora在走出浴缸时踩到了一块肥皂滑了一跤导致流产。Cora不知道这是因为O’Brien把肥皂往外踢了一点导致的,而O’Brien则是认为Cora在找人取代她,而事实是Cora在帮Violet找新的贴身女仆。之后Violet向她提起此事时,O’Brien才知道真相。Mary在婚姻问题上接受了Rosamund的意见,导致了与Matthew关系的疏远,在这件事情上难得Violet与Isobel意见达成了一致。[7].

<tabber>|-|第二季= 在第一次世界大战期间,Violet在唐顿依然有着一定的影响力。唐顿的一次慈善音乐会上,Violet从Isobel那里了解到,参军后的Matthew上尉已经和Lavinia Swire订婚了。Violet不是很喜欢这一对。像她一样,Robert、Cora以及某种程度上Isobel也都希望Matthew和Mary能够重归旧好。同样,Violet还不怎么喜欢Mary的新兴趣对象,新闻界巨头Richard Carlisle爵士。而且在试图对Lavinia劝退婚约的问题上,Violet又和isobel杠上了。当Rosamund看见Richard爵士在花园里威胁Lavinia的时候,他们都警觉地意识到应该采取一些行动了。Mary发现,Lavinia因为帮助Richard揭露一桩政治丑闻而被敲诈勒索,Lavinia也很怕Richard。在把自己和Kemal Pamuk的情况相对比之下,Mary拒绝用这一情报来检举Lavinia。Rosamund和Violet也无言以对。

当Isobel向Cora建议唐顿可以被用作受伤战士的疗养院时,Violet非常讨厌这个让陌生男人住在家里的方案。Cora则是残酷地提醒Violet,现在她才是Grantham伯爵夫人,并表示她会做出一个决定的。Sybil也埋怨Violet不与其他阶级的人沟通。[8][9]

在唐顿被当作疗养院期间,Violet见证了Mary和Edith为了士兵们而装模作样的同台表演的情景。在此期间,此前传闻失踪的Matthew和William回来了。Mary唱了一首歌“如果你是这个世界上唯一的女孩”,然后其他人都跟着唱了起来,唯独Violet和Tom Branson没有唱。Violet各种困惑地看着周围跟着唱的人,Tom则是盯着Sybil看。 [10]

战争期间,Matthew和William都受伤了。Matthew被转移到了唐顿医院,而肺部严重受伤的William因为他不是一名军官而不得不呆在别的地方接受治疗。Violet和Edith为了能把William接回唐顿让他安度最后的时光而和Clarkson少校等人争辩了一番,最后Violet动用层层关系终于成功把William接回了唐顿。为了满足William最后的遗愿,Violet逼迫郊区牧师在William病榻前为William和厨娘Daisy举行了婚礼。Violet以及楼上楼下全体都参加了婚礼,期间Violet留下了眼泪却谎称是感冒了。William也在婚礼的六个小时后去世了。 [11]

一段时间后,一个叫Patrick Gordon的受重伤的加拿大军官来到唐顿疗养。他声称自己是Patrick Crawley,坚称自己在泰坦尼克的悲剧中幸存了下来,但是被战争中的一场爆炸所波及。Violet现在已经习惯了Matthew,对这位“Patrick”的出现表示义愤。Grantham伯爵的律师,George Murray调查后怀疑这个Gordon军官可能是Patrick Crawley一位业务上的同事,知道一些Patrick的细节,试图来冒充Patrick。这名军官之后离开了唐顿,除了Edith没有任何人想念他,也只有Edith相信他是真的Patrick Crawley。

在战争结束之后,Isobel想让唐顿依旧成为一个疗养院。但是Violet和Cora两位伯爵夫人都希望生活回归战争前的常态。她们两人告诉Isobel,战后的难民们更需要的她的帮助,用这个借口支走了Isobel。

在1919年,西班牙流感降临到了唐顿,让Cora和Carson卧床不起,且最终导致了Lavinia的逝世。与此同时,Sybil做出了一个惊天的决定,她决定嫁给家族的司机Tom Branson。Robert和Violet试图阻止她,但是没有成功。Violet试图把危害降到最小,就给Bransom编造了一个家庭背景和各种细节,使得这场婚姻在其他贵族看起来稍微正常一点。同时Violet也告诉Matthew “Mary依旧爱着他”,并希望他再给一次机会,毕竟他Matthew曾经爱上过Mary一次。当Matthew之后和Mary谈到这次与老夫人的会谈时,Mary说“奶奶她就是这个样子的”

在2011年的圣诞特辑中,维奥莱特邀请strallan勋爵喝茶,可能是想要重燃他对Edith的兴趣。 In the 2011 Christmas Special, Violet invites Sir Anthony Strallan over for tea, perhaps to rekindle his interest in Edith, who is present and remarks "I thought it was just us" upon seeing him outside. 但是看到他受伤之后,维奥莱特后悔了,她告诉Rosamund如果Edith嫁给了他,只会当一辈子的女佣。后来当Richard Carlisle说他要离开了,且大概不会再见了。维奥莱特问:“你保证吗?”同时,她告诉马修不要在意和Carlisle争斗期间打碎的那个花瓶,并安慰马修说那个花瓶是她一个很吓人的阿姨送的,而且自己一直很不喜欢它。

<tabber>|-|第三季= 当Cora的母亲刚刚到达唐顿,Martha Levinson,维奥莱特和她斗上了嘴。在餐桌上,维奥莱特承认是她给Sybil和Branson寄去了路费,因为她希望他们两个回来参加婚礼,为了字迹不被认出来,她让她的贴身女佣写的信函。维奥莱特不支持Edith对Strallan勋爵的追求,她告诉Robert去让Strallan不要再来了。Robert让Strallan写信给Edith,终止他们的关系。但是Edith却因此很受伤。之后当Strallan再次出现在晚宴上的时候,维奥莱特很是吃惊。Robert告诉她,因为Martha的干预,他屈服了,只得再次邀请他过来。

Sybil dies from eclampsia, after having given birth to a girl, and Violet is utterly smashed; giving a gasp and hobbling - old, worn down, and devastated - across the hall, she comforts her son when Cora blames him for Sybil's death. She tells Robert that blaming themselves is wrong. By pressuring the family doctor, Richard Clarkson, to explain to Cora and Robert that Sybil's chances of survival would have been almost nil even if she had had a Caesarian, she helps her son and daughter-in-law to overcome their estrangement.

Violet after Sybil dies; old, shattered and emotional.
Her niece's daughter Rose comes to visit her. Rose is eighteen, and she is the daughter of Susan, Marchioness of Flintshire, who is Violet's niece and goddaughter. When Violet overhears that there is a secret about Rose's behavior in London being kept from her, she tricks Rosamund into filling her in about the details (Rose's unsuitable relationship with Terence Margadale), by pretending that Edith had already told her, which she had not. Violet arranges with Rose's mother to have her sent north to Scotland early.

On learning from Robert that the estate's agent has resigned after a heated argument with Matthew over the running of the estate, she suggests making Tom Branson the new agent because this would ensure his staying on at Downton together with his daughter, her great granddaughter.

In the 2012 Christmas Special, the family travels to Duneagle in September 1921; Violet expresses concern about leaving Tom behind, feeling he will be unsupervised. While in Scotland, she realizes just how frosty the relationship between Rose MacClare and Susan is, and realizes Susan does not handle it well. She also comforts Cora, who is still feeling sad over Sybil's death.

<tabber>|-|第四季= Violet seeks to bring her granddaughter Mary out of mourning following Matthew's death by insisting she take a more active role in running the estate, insisting Tom be her instructor. She also puts Robert in his place when he tries to fight the fact that Mary owns half the estate per Matthew's wishes as well as her attempts to take a more active role in running the estate.

Violet meets a number of old friends, including Lady Shackleton and the Duchess of Yeovil. When Lady Shackleton joins Violet and Edith for lunch at the Dower House, Violet brings Molesley to help on the pretense that Lady Shackleton needs a butler and might hire him (since he has been out of a job following Matthew's death).However, Violet's butler, Spratt, sabotages Molesley's attempts out of fear Molesley wishes to take his own job.

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Isobel and Dr Clarkson persuade Violet to take on a young gardener named John Pegg at the Dower House. But when two valuable possessions of hers go missing, she becomes convinced Pegg took them and fires him. Isobel protests, but Violet is adamant in her beliefs. She later rehires him after the items were found, Violet herself having simply mislaid them.

Violet continues to push Tom into mingling with the upper classes, such as when she urges him to dance with the Duchess of Yeovil, and to not call her "Your Grace", as a servant would. Later, after her son leaves for America to visit his in-laws, Violet suddenly falls ill. Isobel selflessly nurses Violet through her illness, never leaving Violet's side. After she recuperates, the two women play cards together.

Violet learns that Edith is pregnant with Michael Gregson's child, while Gregson himself has vanished in Germany. Rosamund had proposed that Edith go abroad in order to cover up her pregnancy and have the child adopted. Violet admits, though she does not often agree with her daughter, in this case she does because Edith's reputation shall always be tarnished otherwise. Edith is not so keen on giving up her child and never seeing it again. Violet offers to pay for Edith's travel expenses, and also to support Edith if she decides to go searching for her love. Violet comforts her also in her grief, remarking that life is a series of problems that must be solved. She is unhappy upon hearing from her son upon his return that the Levinsons are planning a visit in the summer of 1923.

By the time of the 2013 Christmas Special, eight months have passed. Violet tries to cheer up Edith once she returns from Geneva, having left her newborn daughter there. Unfortunately, Violet does not make it any better by referring to the child as "it" rather than "she", and talking about Edith learning French, which was the cover story for the trip to the continent.

Violet comes upon Tom in the village as he is speaking with a young woman, whom he introduces as Sarah Bunting, a schoolteacher. Violet barely hides her disapproval of Sarah and changes the subject by asking Tom if he will attend Rose's debutante ball. Later, the time comes for Violet and Isobel to go to London for debutante season, Violet being annoyed that Cora insisted she do so without bringing a maid. 

During the ball at Grantham House, Violet insists to Tom that the people there are his people now. When he says the Crawleys are his family but these people are not quite his, she remarks that sounds like a challenge. Then Tom gives her another challenge and asks her to dance. She accepts, trusting him to lead. Later Martha speaks to her, saying her own world — the new and modern — is drawing near, while Violet's is slipping away. Violet is left speechless.

<tabber>|-|第五季= Violet reunites with her old friend Igor Kuragin, who is one of many refugees who fled Russia following the Revolution. Kuragin spends more time with her, reminiscing to her of his lost status, his missing wife, and his old feelings for her. Later, though his wife still has not been found, he tells Violet, to her shock, that he wants to spend his final years with her as a friend and lover. He asks her for an answer immediately, but she insists she needs time. Kuragin remains steadfast in his belief that her old feelings, like his, have not changed.

When Rosamund comes to Downton to see Edith, Violet presses Rosamund for the true reason for coming, and soon learns that Edith's child Marigold is living nearby with the Drewes at Yew Tree Farm. Violet is upset that Edith brought Marigold back from Switzerland, and when Rosamund, who notes that Mrs Drewe is being difficult, suggests Marigold be sent back abroad, Violet does not disagree with her. Edith tries to persuade her grandmother to consider maybe there is a possibility Marigold can remain, but Violet does not.

Because of Rosamund and Violet, Edith formulates a secret plan of her own. She goes to Yew Tree Farm while the family is out, tells Mrs Drewe the truth and reclaims Marigold. When Violet and the rest of the family return they learn from Tom, who stayed behind and Edith said goodbye too, that she has run off. Violet immediately slips away and goes to Yew Tree Farm, but neither Mr Drewe nor Mrs Drewe speaks to her nor knows where Edit has gone. Violet leaves crestfallen.

Rosamund arrives following Edith's departure. Violet meets her at the train, and tells her, having spent the entire night awake, that they have no choice but to tell Cora about Marigold. Rosamund objects to it as betraying Edith's trust, but Violet says if anything happens to Edith and Cora learns later they knew the truth all along, she would never forgive them. Violet admits she would not blame her thus, for as a mother it is her right. When Rosamund asks if she does not plan to tell Robert, Violet remarks, "He's a man! Men don't have rights."

Unfortunately for them, Mrs Drewe comes to Downton and tells Cora right before they get a chance. Violet blames Edith for not sticking to the original plan of leaving Marigold behind, but is shocked when Rosamund reveals Edith considered having an abortion. Cora nevertheless is furious with them for never involving her to begin with. Violet insists they wanted to "contain it". Cora tells Violet she can never trust her again. While Rosamund feels Cora doesn't mean that, Violet considers it the most honest thing Cora ever said to her.

Violet tries to drive a wedge between Isobel and Lord Merton, who is wooing her, but fails when Isobel decides to accept Merton's proposal of marriage. Mary notes Violet is not pleased and thinks it is because of Isobel's changing station. But Violet tells her she has gotten used to "having a companion, a friend" and will miss her time with Isobel when Isobel leaves to become Lady Merton.

After Lord Merton's sons treat Isobel with distain, Isobel begins to have doubts about marrying him. But Violet insists that she should not let his sons rob her of her future happiness, noting (remembering Kuragin's proposal of lovers) that moments of happiness often do not come again if they are missed.

When Violet learns of Rose's growing attachment to Atticus Aldridge and his Jewish faith, she remarks "There's always something isn't there?" to Isobel, noting Rose's seeking rebellion in certain attributes in the men in her life. But she does not disapprove of Rose's marriage. </tabber>

语录

<tabber> |-|第一季=

第一季

  • "周末是什么?"  - 当马修在晚餐时谈论他的周末的闲暇时间(第一季第二集)
  • "哪个英国人会跑到别人家翘辫子。" - 在凯末尔·帕穆克死在唐顿庄园之后(第一季第三集
  • "怎么天天都有美国人跟我过不去?" - 关于马修办公室托马斯·杰佛逊发明的转椅(第一季第四集
  • "Your quarrel is with my daughter, Rosamund, and not with me. So put that in your pipe and smoke it." (Episode 1.7)
  • "What's the matter, I have plenty of friends I don't like."- to Robert.
  • No, she isn’t, until she is married. And then her husband will tell her what her opinions are.” - about Lady Sybil's political views
  • If she won’t say yes when he might be poor, he won’t want her when he will be rich.” - refering to Matthew's prospective durig Cora's pregnancy
  • One can’t go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We’d all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper.” - after Mary is so sad about the death of Mr. Pamuk
  • "We can't have him assasinated I suppose" - referring to the Turkish ambassador
  • "You are quite wonderful the way you see improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal." -to Isobel. Isobel- "I take that as a compliment." Violet: "I must have said it wrong."

|-|Series 2=

Series 2

  • "Oh, that's a relief. I hate Greek drama. When everything happens off stage." - when she learns that Mary and Matthew wont meet at the train (Episode 2.01)
  • "Anna, help me do battle with this monstrosity. It looks like a creature from the lost world." - refering to Cora's flowers (Episode 2.01
  • "Well I suppose looks aren't everything." - to Cora about Lavinia
  • "Edith, you are a Lady, not Toad of Toad Hall." (Episode 2.02)
  • "I'm a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose." (Episode 2.04)
  • "Oh really! It's like living in a second-rate hotel, where the guests keep arriving and no one seems to leave." - on the soldiers who staying at the convalescent home at Downton Abbey (Episode 2.04)
  • "Is this an instrument of communication or torture?" - while using the telefon
  • "I don't dislike him, I just don't like him. Which is quite different." (Episode 2.06)
  • "Oh, I should steer clear of May. Marry in May, rue the day." - about Lavinias wedding plans (Episode 2.06)
  • "No doubt you will regard this as rather unorthodox, my pushing into a man's bedroom uninvited." (Episode 2.07)
  • "Marriage is a long business. There's no getting out of it for our kind of people. You may live 40, 50 years with one of these women. Just make sure it's the right one." - to Matthew about marrying Mary instead of Lavinia (Episode 2.06)
  • "I was watching her the other night, when you spoke of your wedding. She looked like Juliet on awakening in the tomb." - to Matthew after he announced his wedding plans with Lavinia (Episode 2.07)
  • "Don't be defeatist, dear, it's very middle class." - to Edith as she is arranging wedding presents and wonders if she might ever be a bride herself (Episode 2.08)
  • "The plot thickens." - at dinner table when Sybil's admits that she might have tryed to run away with Tom once
  • "I do hope I'm interrupting something." - as she enters Sybil's room (Episode 2.08)
  • "Now, Sybil, dear, this sort of thing is all very well in novels, but in reality, it can prove very uncomfortable." - about her plans to marry Tom and live in Ireland (Episode 2.08)
  • "What is this driving mania?"
  • "You'll find there's never a dull moment in this house."- to Carlisle when Carson becomes ill
  • Wasn’t there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.” - after Carson, Cora and Lavinia become ill with Spanish flue
  • "1920年了!真是难以置信!我感觉和玛士撒拉一样老了." - 在新年第一天的午夜
  • "生活是一场玩家必须以滑稽的形象出现的游戏 。" - 在哑剧演出时对理查德爵士说
  • "When I think what the last 10 years has brought. God knows what we're in for now." - at New Year
  • "Do you promise?" - her reply when the jilted Sir Richard decleares they will probably never meet again
  • "Don't be, don't be. It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I have hated it for half a century." - to Matthew after he breaks a vase

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Series 3

  • "Are you really that tall?" "Yes Milady." "Thought you might have been walking on stilts" - to the new footman Alfred Nugent. (Episode 3.01 )
  • "Branson, I mean Tom, you're a member of the family now. You'll find we Crawleys stick together." - to her grandson-in-law. (Episode 3.01 )
  • "要原谅他? 可能会吧. 要忘记? 绝对不会!" - 在汤姆喝醉酒后,柯拉请求客人们忘记这件事
  • "我很抱歉,我还以为你是一名侍者。" -对她的 儿子 说, 关于他戴着黑色的领带但实际应该戴白色领带这件事。 (Episode 3.02 )
  • "At my age one must ration one's excitement." - to Edith during the preparation for her wedding
  • "Sybil, vulgarity is no substitude for wit." - to Sybil the night before Edith's wedding
  • "My dear, when tragedies strike, we try to find someone to blame. And in the absence of a suitable candidate, we usually blame ourselves. You are not to blame. No one is to blame. Our darling Sybil has died during childbirth, like too many women before her, and all we can do now is cherish her memory, and her child." - after Sybil died and Cora blames Robert for it (Episode 3.05)
  • "It seems a pity to miss such a good pudding." - at the luncheon at Isobel's house prepared from Ethel (Episode 3.06)
  • "Since we have a country solicitor and a car mechanic, it was only a matter of time." - in response to Edith becoming a journalist. (Episode 3.07)
  • "That's the thing about nature; there's so much of it." - during a picknick at Duneagle Castle
  • "I agree. But then, we don't always get our just desserts."

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Series 4

  • "How I sympathize with King Cnut."
  • "I wouldn't know. I am not familiar with the sensation." - to Isobel as she determined how she (Violet) hates to be wrong
  • "So another brick is pulled from the wall." - to her son when he is wearing black tie.

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Series 5

  • "An unlucky friend is tiresome enough, an unlucky acquaintance is intolerable." - to Isobel
  • "In my day a Lady was incapable of feeling physicalattraction, until she had been instructed to do so by her Mama." - to Mary about her affair with Tony Gillingham
  • "Oh all this endless thinking, it's very overrated. I blame the war, before 1914 nobody thought of anything at all.." - to the family about leaving Edith to think while the rest of them have a picnic.
  • "My dear, a lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears" - to Mary about her disinterest of Edith's whereabouts.

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Notes

  • Violet tells her granddaughters to remember their "Great Aunt Roberta" although it is currently unknown how Roberta was related to Violet.
  • In "The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era" by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis, Julian Fellowes relates that the character of Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess of Grantham is based on his tyrannical great-aunt Isie (she served also as the model for Lady Trentham in Gosford Park). He describes her as a woman whose dry wit concealed a good deal of personal suffering and who was no tougher on the rest of us as she was on herself. It is perhaps that draconian sense of discipline that makes her breed seem admirable to me".

Appearances

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References

  1. 《唐顿庄园第二季剧本(官方)》 第495页,朱利安·费罗斯的标注说,“本剧开始于1912年,我们需要维奥莱特大约70岁的样子。这意味着她出生于1842年并在1860年步入社交界,在踏入婚姻的牢笼前还能享受些许暧昧的时光。”故推测老夫人的生日约为1842年。
  2. 2012年圣诞特辑里苏珊说“你是我母亲的姐妹”。
  3. [[2011年圣诞特辑里维莱特提到一个花瓶是“来自一个讨厌的姑妈的结婚礼物”。
  4. 在2011年圣诞特辑中,老夫人说海浦沃斯勋爵的父亲在“60年代末”追求过她,但是在2012年圣诞特辑中,她说在1860年“新婚后不久”参加了一场吉利斯舞会。这意味着海浦沃斯勋爵的父亲一定是在她婚后追求的她。
  5. 裙衬在十九世纪六十年代便不再流行,意味着维奥莱特是在六十年代前穿过,后来转变为穿裙撑,后者于1867年开始流行
  6. 在第一季第二集中,老夫人说:“二十四年前,你不顾我的反对,为了钱财而迎娶科拉。鉴于目前的现状,当初你们这种特殊的结合还有什么意义吗?”
  7. "Your quarrel is with my daughter, Rosamund, and not with me. So put that in your pipe and smoke it."
  8. 而这也让我们得知,在仆人舞会上Violet会和Carson跳第一支舞。
  9. Lady Sybil accuses Violet of not being able to communicate between social classes, prompting her to reveal that she and Mr Carson the butler always had the first dance at the servants' ball.
  10. Mary sings "If You Were the Only Girl in the World", and Violet is one of only two audience members who doesn't sing along (the other being Tom Branson), and stares in confusion at those around her for participating. It seems that she has observed Tom Branson admiringly looking at Sybil instead of joining the singing which leads to her visible indignation and perhaps is the starting point of her vague suspicion that Sybil may have an unsuitable suitor.
  11. Violet, Edith, and the entire downstairs staff attend the wedding. He dies six hours later. Matthew, however, suffered a spinal cord injury, confining him to a wheelchair.
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