For her nuptials to Cousin Matthew at the start of the season, Lady Mary (and her eyebrows!) looked ethereal in a lacy, long-sleeved cream gown. Tonight, her younger sister, Lady Edith, was equally lovely in a satin dress with a similar silhouette, boasting ruching detail on the hip.
Sadly, Edith’s floor-length veil was soon in a pile in Downton’s main hall after the distraught bride-to-be – jilted at the altar by Sir Anthony Strallen, who gave into the pressure from her father and grandmother – flung it from the banister, before tearfully collapsing on her bed and proclaiming herself a hopeless spinster. (Unlike Edith, the Dowager Countess and Lord Grantham won’t be losing any sleep over the canceled ceremony; as the family’s sharp-tongued matriarch observed at the beginning of the episode, “[She’s] beginning her life as an old man’s drudge.”)
Although Lady Edith’s big day didn’t go exactly as planned, there was still plenty to celebrate at Downton later that week: the estate is saved (for the time being, anyway – thanks Daisy!) and Mrs. Hughes is cancer-free.
Tell Us: Which Crawley sister’s dress do you like best? And, more importantly, what was your favorite moment from tonight’s episode?