Of all the characters, Mary is the one who undergoes the greatest metamorphosis over the course of the three series. When we first met her she appeared to be a hard-hearted, rather cold and ambitious elder daughter of an earl. Blighted by having been born a girl rather than a boy, she needed to prove that she could make a success of herself just as much as any male heir would have. Mary’s closest relationships are with men: her father, Matthew and Carson. This stems, perhaps, from her feeling that she should have been born a boy. If she wasn’t one, then she was going to be as near as dammit. Her admirable qualities are ones that would have been considered masculine in 1920: she’s an adventurer, brave, an excellent horsewoman and a natural leader. In many ways, a woman of her disposition at that time would have been frustrated by the stemming of her potential. — Jessica Fellowes, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey
Everything can seem so golden one moment, then turn to ashes the next.
Downton Abbey Meme: Four Otps [3/4] → Mary & Matthew
You’ve lived your life and I’ve lived mine, now it’s time we live them together.