Ladies Of A Certain Age

We are fortunate to know some lovely ladies of a certain age who are extremely well-mannered but also unabashedly candid.  At first blush these traits might not seem consistent but it is, of course, possible to speak one's mind while  knowing which fork to use.  

These days, we all know one such lady, The Dowager Countess of Grantham.  Like a breath of fresh air she sails through Downton Abby leaving zingers, embarrassed youth and dropped jaws in her wake.

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 The question of whether is is possible to speak one's mind without hurting the delicate feelings of those around one is another matter.  With some of these ladies it is probably best to leave your sensitive feelings with the butler but you might want to keep your gloves on just in case. 

P.S. Apropos of nothing more than candid people with good hair,  we recently stumbled upon this delightful Jack Donaghy Insult Generator.  We hope you enjoy it.  Happy Weekend.

 Image from Johnnyetc


Alex Dumortier said...

Maggie Smith played an awful character with a similar name (the Countess of Trentham) who spoke her mind very rudely in Robert Altman's brilliant 'Gosford Park'.

jane kang said...

Didn't you just love the conversation she had with Edith -stop whining and find something to do. The quip about gardening. I believe she is my favorite part of Downton.

Kate said...

I love the Dowager, but even more so after her response to Sybil's death. Jack--well, no on sends a zinger like he does!

EBB said...

Alex, So glad you're still around. I date my Clive Owen interest to 'Gosford Park.' They were a nasty bunch though, weren't they? And remember that awful little American from Hollywood? Kate, how about her Branson strategy in this most recent - she's just brilliant and kind too. Jane, we need to send Edith to Wellesley College!

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