Why on earth did they have to kill off Matthew? He and Lady Mary were the most beautiful couple of all at Dowton-
besides Bates, and Anna; of course. Wouldn’t it have been great if they could’ve just left things alone for once? I would’ve honestly rather preferred it.. Ah, well..
~ L i z z !
Michelle Dockery Harper’s Bazar by Benjamin A. Huseby, August 2013. Part 2
Downton Abbey/Chicago AU - ‘And All That Jazz’
The Abbey is one of London’s most exclusive jazz clubs - a place where the parties are longer, the skirts are shorter and your wildest fantasies become a reality.
Mary Crawley is the star of the show - she’s the one they pay to see, giving her audience just enough to get them good and hungry but always leaves them wanting more. However, behind the scenes, Mary’s life is an unhappy one. Trapped in a loveless marriage to the man who will one day inherit her father’s empire, she begins an illicit affair with one of the club’s patrons - the exotic and alluring Mr Kemal Pamuk.
Kemal promises her the stars and it isn’t long before the two of them are talking about running away to America together. That is, of course, until Mary discovers that every word her lover has ever said to her has been a complete lie. In a fit of rage, she snatches up her husband’s old pistol and shoots…
Edith Crawley has always been jealous of Mary - she’s been in love with her sister’s husband since they were children and, after discovering Mary’s dirty little secret, she tips off the police about the murder of Mr Pamuk. The arrest is headline news and Mary’s dreams of fame soon become a very real nightmare.
She needs help and fast. Instructed by the family, solicitor George Murray brings in maverick barrister Matthew Crawley - a man whose methods may be a little uncouth but he’s brilliant at what he does nonetheless. Sparks fly between Matthew and his new client, though not necessarily in a good way. She doesn’t trust him and has started to give up hope.
Youngest daughter and fellow dancer Sybil is also on a mission to prove her sister’s innocence and a chance meeting with up-and-coming journalist Tom Branson is the perfect opportunity. Working together with Matthew and Mary, the four of them formulate the perfect plan to get the public to fall in love with the troubled star and make them believe that she is innocent. The premise is simple - they both reached for the gun.
As planned, the public and the media lap it up, but not everyone is quite as convinced. Newspaper mogul Sir Richard Carlisle is interested in the other side of the story - the one where she did it. He’ll sell more papers if and when she’s hanged. Sending one of his editors to prey on the vulnerability of the guilt-ridden Edith, Carlisle sets out to expose the truth about the nation’s sweetheart. After all…
…She had it comin’.
My Monday illustration: In the mood for ugly pyjamas, hot chocolate and Dowton Abbey.
[Downton Abbey] every episode - Season 3 Episode 4
Right into my feels !
Mary and Brenson and their respectives childs.