Violet stated that her husband was the sixth Earl of Grantham "Your late Papa, the sixth earl"...
Yet Bertie states Robert is the fifth Earl, and Edith doesn't correct him.
Violet going senile or Bertie wrong? If Bertie is right, it certainly backs up Sybil's grave -- which would probably be correct!
Yeah; it makes things awkward too.
By this, the third Earl's daughter-in-law was the one to bring Downton Place to the family, right?
Though if Downton Place was Violet's old home, I believe that she would have mentioned it while she was on that car with Strallan and Isobel.
It came with her husband's grandmother. "It came with my great-grandmother."
Julian seems to be playing mind games with us. :) At this point I think all that can be done is to note the discrepancy. It makes much more sense for Robert to be the 7th Earl, because to be the 5th, the third Earl had to out live all of his sons and grandsons, yet have a grandson that lived long enough to father Robert's father.
Well, if he had a son at 20, who then had a son at 20, he'd be a grandfather by 60 and a great-grandfather at 80.
So... we leave it, but note the discrepancy on the grave and Bertie's words as to Robert's title.
The written word generally takes precedence over the spoken word, although I do not think it applies to stage props. Pragmatically, the easiest thing to do is to leave it as it is and note the discrepancy.
Yeah, I've left it as it is and made a note.
While watching the episode, I was under the impression that the writing on Sybil's headstone was purposefully obscured (it was somewhat blurry, and there was even a strategically-placed flower obscuring the "5") -- almost as if they were acknowledging the mistake on the prop, and trying to fix it. Hence why Bertie Pelham's line felt so odd, especially considering Violet had seemingly cleared the matter just a couple of episodes prior.
i believe that the DC would be absolutely right, where's Bertie might'n know because he is new to the family.
What do you think?