It seems to me that the logical place to go with a "modern woman" question would be to her savvy American grandmother. Mrs. Levinson is a smart lady, and would likely have insightful advice. Doesn't Edith see this? Why doesn't she reach out?
(Of course-- they could get Shirley McLaine to do another appearance! Okay, even if by letter.....)
Advice on what specifically? She can't very well ask her granny how to be a "modern woman" - that would just be....weird. And we don't know that they don't write to each other in any case.
She could move to the U.S. with her child. Though the U.S. is and wasn't perfect, she'd be far more likely to find acceptance and privacy there. She'd more easily be able to make whatever type of life she chose for herself and her child, and to 'get away with' simply saying that the child's father is dead, which is true. BUT - she has now inherited Michael's business, and how would she run that, if she chooses to? Still, how can she run the business incognito while in London or elsewhere in the UK?
Spoiler alert: She mentions I believe in the next episode that she considered going to America, but chose not to because she wants to run Michael's business and for Marigold to grow up English.
Oh, ok, thanks
Yes, I hear you, the connection to the publishing business makes sense..
It still seems to me that if she wants advice on sorting through outdated rituals and expectations, her American grandmother (played by the brilliant Shirley McLaine) could certainly guide her much better than her Aunt. Why have so much distain for her obviously sharp grandmother?! If anyone, why doesn't Edith see her insight?
Rosamund is far better placed to offer Edith advice - she's actually familiar with the circumstances of being an English Lady, and all that goes with it. Martha can get away with being abrasive and cheeky because she's an eccentric old woman (and American) - the last thing Edith needs to do is follow that example. What we're all forgetting is that these "outdated rituals" are an everyday fact of life for Edith, and she actually states a few times throughout the series that she doesn't want to be "some funny old woman" or "poor, mad Lady Edith" - she wants to fit in to Society, not challenge the status quo and become a social pariah. And she doesn't have disdain for her grandmother - she's the first one she goes to when Sir Anthony calls off their relationship.
Rosamund may be better placed, but her advice has left something to be desired. It was her advice back in series one that scuttled Mary's marriage to Matthew the first time around. I suspect she was well placed in that circumstance too, because I have strongly suspected all along that Rosamund is the elder sibling, thus understood Mary's predicament of being passed over by a cousin, just as she was by a younger sibling.
Yes, that is true, but since that unfortunate blip, Rosamund's been a real rock for Edith, especially over her pregnancy and the resulting drama.
I always wanted a scene between Violet, Isobel, Mary, Martha and Thomas. The amount of sarcasm and venom would destroy the universe
What do you think?