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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

‘Downton Abbey': More trouble for Lady Edith

The “Downtown Abbey” cast members are making the rounds these days, chatting up the new season in anticipation of the British premiere next month (alas, we have to wait until January stateside). Word is that Lady Edith will be enveloped in health, wealth and happiness this season . . . well, no; poor thing can’t even manage to pose for a publicity photograph without things going dreadfully wrong. Season 4 left off with Edith having secretly given birth to an illegitimate child (in the absence of her lover, a gentleman I’ve been calling Mr. Rochester) and then devising a fairly lamebrained plan to have the baby adopted by a Downton tenant farmer. Nothing can possibly go wrong here, can it? Having already endured being left at the altar, tricked by a wartime imposter, shunned by a farmer’s wife, patronized by both grandmothers, seduced and knocked up by a man who promptly vanished into pre-Nazi Germany, and the great indignity of having to come downstairs for breakfast (married ladies get to have trays in their rooms) . . . what else can possibly happen to Edith? My money’s on a) falls into a hole while crossing a field to visit her secret daughter and has to be rescued by a caddish sheep-shearer; b) joins a convent but is expelled for her lack of skill in fine needlework; c) gets third-degree burns while having her hair marcel-waved; d) loses her handbag, which just happened to hold Secret Letters of Shame, in a tea-shop and subsequently endures whispered innuendo every time she takes public transportation; and/or e) finally acquires her own lady’s maid, only to inadvertently cause the poor woman’s death by tripping and pushing her into the fireplace. Say it with me: Poor Edith. (Yes, I miss this show. Happy weekend to all.)

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