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message 1: by Martine (last edited Jan 05, 2014 04:45PM) (new)

Martine On Liberty, Unto This Last, The Communist Manifesto: Episode 1.6, Robert says "You should see what [Branson] reads. It's all Marx and Ruskin and John Stuart Mill." (See also The Subjection of Women, by John Stuart Mill).


message 2: by Martine (last edited Jan 05, 2014 04:44PM) (new)

Martine The Time Machine: Episode 1.7, Violet says "First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in a--an H.G. Wells novel."


message 3: by Martine (new)

Martine Bible:

Episode 1.6, Mary says "Papa prefers the servants to read the bible and letters from home."

Episode 3.6, the servants discuss Mary Magdalene washing Jesus' feet (Luke 7:38).


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Martine The Lost World: Episode 2.1, Violet says that Cora's floral arrangement "Looks like a creature from the Lost World."


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Martine Elizabeth and Her German Garden: Episode 2.2, Molesley gives a copy to Anna in an effort to spend more time with her.


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Martine The Wind in the Willows: Episode 2.2 Violet says to Edith, "You're not Toad of Toad Hall!," after Edith announces that she has volunteered to operate a tractor at a nearby farm.


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Martine England Since Waterloo: Episode 2.3, Edith says "I'm not sure about Marriott," after handing a book to a convalescent officer.


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Martine Saint George for England: Episode 2.3, Edith says "I know we've got lots of G.A. Henty," to a convalescent officer.


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Martine Just So Stories: Episode 2.6, Matthew quotes one of the short stories in this collection "I am the cat that walks by himself and all places are alike to me."


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Martine The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: 2011 Christmas Special, Part One, Mary acts out this book title while playing The Game.


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Martine The Scarlet Letter: Episode 3.7, Mrs. Hughes says "Ethel has far more chance of happiness, than in re-enacting her own version of The Scarlet Letter in Downton."


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Martine Debrett's Baronetage of England: Episode 3.6, Cora says "not everyone chooses their religion to satisfy ‘Debrett’s'." (Debrett's also published etiquette guides, but it's unclear whether these etiquette guides would have been published prior to this episode.)


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Martine The Prince: Episode 3.6, Cora asks Robert (of Violet), "Is she really so Machiavellian?"


message 14: by Martine (last edited Jan 05, 2014 05:12PM) (new)

Martine Reader's Digest Family Songbook: Episode 2.4. This songbook includes sheet music for the song Edith and Mary performed for the convalescent soldiers (If You Were the Only Girl). The song was sung, ahistorically, in waltz (3/4) time. The version in this songbook sounds like the version performed on the show.


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Martine Inferno: Episode 3.8, Matthew says, "This is like the outer circle from Dante's Inferno."


message 16: by Martine (last edited Jan 05, 2014 07:26PM) (new)

Martine The Importance of Being Earnest: Episode 3.8, Mrs. Hughes says "Well, I am surprised to find you're a fan of Mr. Oscar Wilde."


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Martine Henry IV, Part 2: Episode 3.9, Carson quotes "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."


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Martine Ivanhoe: Episode 3.9, Matthew says "We're not in a novel by Walter Scott."


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Martine Gunga Din: Episode 3.9, Isobel says "Are you thinking of getting married, Dr. Clarkson? Because if you are, you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din."


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Martine The Warden: Episode 1.3, Evelyn Napier describes the hunt as "something out of a Trollope novel."


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Martine Oliver Twist: Episode 4.1, Mrs. Hughes says "And in case you're wondering, it's as bad as if we were reading about it in a novel by Dickens."


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Martine Lord Kilgobbin: Episode 4.1, Mrs. Patmore says, "Well then on your own head be it!" I believe this phrase was first published in Lord Kilgobbin.


message 23: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Excellent!
:O)


message 24: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Huston Wow. What a great list -- who knew that Violet was reading HG Wells?


message 25: by Martine (new)

Martine The Importance of Being Earnest: Episode 4.2, "Not everyone can be Oscar Wilde."


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Martine The Lady of Shalott: Episode 4.2, Isobel says, "She's not The Lady of Shalott."


message 27: by Martine (new)

Martine Bible: Episode 4.2, Cora says "Heavens, a Damascene conversion!" (Acts 9, 22, 26)


message 28: by MJ (new)

MJ “I’m Tess of the d’Urbervilles to your Angel Clare!” - Lady Mary to Matthew Crawley in the Season 2 finale


message 29: by Martine (new)

Martine Most Ardently wrote: "“I’m Tess of the d’Urbervilles to your Angel Clare!” - Lady Mary to Matthew Crawley in the Season 2 finale"

Good find! :)


message 30: by Martine (new)

Martine Episode 5.1, Lady Shackleton says, "A single peer with a good estate won't be lonely long if he doesn't want to be," and Violet responds, "You sound like Mrs. Bennet."


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Martine Episode 5.3, Mary says "But I think my judgement was rather clouded by…" and the Branson interrupts: "By what Miss Elinor Glyn likes to write about in her novels."


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Martine Episode 5.5, Rose asks if anyone has heard of "Atticus Aldridge," and Lady Rosamund reponds "Sounds like the hero of a novel by Mrs Humphry Ward."


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Martine Episode 5.6, Molesley lends Volume 5 of the Cambridge Modern History to Daisy.


message 34: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Season 1, Episode 2, Robert tells Carson that he should not be so melodramtic as he is not "playing Sydney Carton." Tale of Two Cities


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads A Tale of Two Cities is already on the list, currently at #21.


message 36: by Martine (new)

Martine Thanks! I haven't gone through the last Season yet -- I watched it, but I need to re-watch it and take notes! :)


message 37: by Martine (new)

Martine Courtney wrote: "Season 1, Episode 2, Robert tells Carson that he should not be so melodramtic as he is not "playing Sydney Carton." Tale of Two Cities"

I think Courtney is the one who added it there! :) I had missed that one!


message 38: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Season 4, Episode 1: Virginia Woolf ( A Room of One's Own et al) has a background cameo at Michael Gregson's party; Edith mentions having met her in 5x01


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