I’m sorry to write a post so niche, but if you too are hooked on Julian Fellowes’s Downton Abbey, I’ll wager you noticed this little peccadillo escape the Dowager Countess’s mouth while lending the nuptially-challenged Edith some matronly advice:
Edith: There’s nothing to do at the house — except when we entertain.
Dowager Countess: Well there must be something you can put your mind to?
E: Like what? Gardening?
DC: Well no, you can’t be as desperate as that.
Well, Violet, after your little tussle at last season’s flower show, we’d no idea you looked down on the horticultural arts. No idea.