There’s some ships you ship… that have massive amounts of shippers right along with you. Then there’s the ships… those ships you have that are near and dear to your heart where you’re in a fucking canoe with like… four other people.
- You know, in all the years that we worked together, you’ve been over to my place exactly twice. The God - awful dinner party and…the other time. - I had a good time at that dinner party. - And ignore the other time.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that within a fandom, there are characters that “ship” others. Downton Abbey is no exception. Robert ships Mary/Matthew, Isobel ships Sybil/Branson, practically everyone downstairs ships Anna/Bates. And it’s not unusual that some of these characters have “multiple” ships, but to quote Robert from S1, “what about ‘poor, old Edith’?” Everyone was so caught up in the love lives of Mary and Sybil, was anyone paying attention to Edith’s love life? Did Edith have any “shippers” amongst the residents of Downton, rooting for her to not only find love and happiness, but who were excited about her upcoming nuptials to Sir Anthony when he finally proposed?
In S1, we see both Cora and Violet smiling at the thought of Edith and Sir Anthony getting engaged, and in S2 Violet does try to “set up a meeting” between the pair. However, any further interest Cora or Violet show Edith and her engagement seems to disappear when S3 begins (and we all know where Violet fell on the spectrum as the wedding approached). Cora was there to comfort Edith in the aftermath, Martha spoke up for Edith beforehand (though for some silly reason didn’t stick around for the wedding), and there were certainly people below stairs who were outraged at the events of 3x03…but was there anyone who was specifically “rooting” for Edith and Anthony and looking forward to their marriage?
I would argue “YES!” and this is partially why “EAST Alliance Day” was created. While we saw strong evidence on the show that both Lady Sybil and Tom Branson were supporters of Mary and Matthew’s union, I would also argue (and quite passionately so) that they were strong supporters of Edith and Sir Anthony’s union too, even to go so far as to say that of all the residents at Downton Abbey, the Bransons were the BIGGEST “shippers” of Edith & Anthony.
EAST Alliance Day 2014, Sunday, August 3
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Downton Abbey AU: Anthony proposed and was accepted at the end of Series 1.
Lady Edith Strallan chewed distractedly on the end of the Sheaffer pen Cousin Isobel had gifted her.
It was a nasty habit that she’d been scolded for all through her nursery years and into adolescence, but had determinately broken herself of following a particularly cutting argument with Mary where the eldest Crawley sister had sharply ridiculed her for the childish behavior.
But as she sat now, a married woman and well into adulthood, gazing unseeing at the white sheet of parchment before her, the uncertainty of the world danced about her, mocking and teasing, reverting Edith back to the anxious act of her childhood.
“Strallan!” Fieldings yelled over the constant booming of artillery. “We can’t stay here! They’re picking us off like flies.”
Mud sprayed up as the bullets impacted around him, caking Sir Anthony Strallan in a crusty layer of brown, his uniform long since unrecognizable a useless barrier to the shrapnel spewing through the air.
They’d been fighting since the early hours of dawn with no relief and very little ground gained. He glanced about him, the young faces of the men under his command, so innocent, so much life left to live, so much like his Edith.
He felt an ache in his chest.
How many more of them would die today?
Would his own young wife be left a widow?
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cassiemortmain replied to your post “[[MOR] As much as I adore Allen Leech, I’m not excited to see him in…”same here!
shana-rosee replied to your post “[[MOR] As much as I adore Allen Leech, I’m not excited to see him in…”Same, but it’s so far not to reblog his stupid face
I always wanted to write more of this one…