Well, everything's in the title of the topic. Actually, I don't remember whether it was serires 3 or 2, a bad time for Robert and Cora.
The only maid who kissed Lord Grantham was Jane in season 2. Cora never knew about it; as I recall she was lying in bed with Spanish flu. Lord Grantham broke off his relationship with Jane before it even started (all they did was kiss passionately), and she soon left, knowing it was for the best.
It happened three times. Once while she was preparing the wine for dinner and then in his bedroom while Cora was sick. They were interrupted from doing anything further by Bates knocking and asking what time Lord Grantham would like to be woken. After the interruption he decided it wasn't fair to anyone. The third and final time was the day she was leaving (after having given notice) - they said goodbye in the library and she asked if she could kiss him one last time.
This could of developed into something a bit more meatier. In fact what I would of done if I were writing this show was have Jane work as a maid for a long time, and her son was a son of Earl Grantham due to some kind of affair. This was commonplace in the Olden times.
Having said that I feel that Jane did the right thing and she walked away out of respect for the Earl
I always had a feeling Cora did know about it, somehow, because when she was ill with Spanish flu she sort of gave hints that not everything was right between her and Robert. If you rewatch her scenes you might see what I mean.
Yes, I agree Cora knew something happened, maybe not with Jane but she knew Robert hadn't always been entirely faithful. When Robert suspected Cora of having an affair with (or at least encouraging the attentions of) that amorous art dealer, she said to him something like, "tell me you have never let a flirtation get out of hand." That set him straight -- you could tell he immediately felt guilty. I felt he must have been thinking about Jane, and Cora probably was, also.
i feel really sorry for Cora cos she nearly died of stupid Spanish flu that killed Lavinia Swire. then her husband goes and has an affair.
What do you think?