How come she didn't try to help Edith? If she believed in love and titles, why didn't she help Edith get back with Bertie? Why does she only help Mary? Couldn't she have tried to help both? Why was Mary her priority when Mary in this case did more wrong than Edith? In fact, why is Mary always everyone's priority? You'd have thought we'd see someone in the family reach out to Edith, apart from Tom. Offer her some comfort. The family as a whole seem more concerned that Mary did something wrong than Edith has lost a man she loved. But really, why didn't Violet do something fo Edith. After all, Edith loved Bertie and he had a title, you'd think getting those two back together would be her number one goal. So why does she only bother with Mary?
Giving explanations, you forgpt the crux of the matter: the story was written by Fellowes who handled it in an odd way: Mary hurts Edith, Tom scolds Mary, Violet scolds Mary and gives her advice to make peace with you sister and yourself. The result is that Mary *doesn't* make peace with Edith (which should have been her first priority if she has been canged by Violet's words) but instead she concentrates solely on her *own* happiness, calls *Henry* to herself and maarries him - and it is *Edith* who makes peace with Mary.
Of course the last makes Edith a stronger and kinder person than Mary but still it's all wrong.
Besides, the engament scene between Henry and Mary was weak and showed again that they had no chemistry.
Edith did not want to be comforted by her family, she made quite sure to Tom that she wanted to be alone and cope on her own. Which she seemed to do, on the basis of the scene in the office with Laura.
Most of all, there was no comfort because there was no easy solution, unlike it was to Mary to call Henry back.
Lord Merton was told that "the ball is now in Larry's court and only he can play it". This applies also to Bertie. Only he can now make the first step towards reconciliation.
That can happen only after he had realized that he made the decision to part from Edith too rashly in anger and hurt, letting her no chance to tell her part of story and explain why she didn't tell him. Also, just like Matthew in S1, Bertie wanted to be sure and didn't accept that there was a strong possiblity that Edith would have told him - why else she would have needed so much time before accepting his proposal than to collect her courage to tell him? Even after he became a Marquess and could offer him one of the most exalted positions of the realm, she didn't accept him straightaway (and in fact she never said yes).
In their discussion in the park after the breakfast Edith had a chance. She could have said: I tried to tell you last evening but you didn't listen to me. Which is quite true, Bertie was so happy hearing her "I love you" that he jumped to "I take it yes". But evidently she felt that she isn't "worthy" of Bertie (which she said twice and he never asked why she felt that way) and that she is permanently "unlucky" (when she meets a man, it turns to the bad result). Therefore she didn't even try to defend herself.
In defense of the family Crawley, during the episodes where Edith finds out that she is pregnant and Gregson is missing, her parents are very concerned about her. I think that in season 4 Cora is far more worried about Edith than Mary. Both her mother and her father try to comfort her, but she can not tell them the truth because she is afraid that they will love her less. Similarly, she can't tell Bertie the whole truth. She is afraid he will love her less. The happiest scene I remember for Edith is at the shoot at Brancaster the morning after she learns that her father knows and understands about Marigold and he asks for her forgiveness. She meets Bertie and in response to his question she replies that she is happy!
I know, and I can't forget the really wonderful scene in S5E4 between Edith and Robert when he was comforting her about Michael's death - it was such a genuine moment where you could see her vulnerability and the loving father daughter relationship. I think Robert and Cora are proud of both their daughters for different reasons: Mary because she's beautiful, intelligent and dutiful, she did exactly what was needed to secure the family. But I think they are proud of Edith for her character: she's warmer, smart and exceeded the duty or expectations the family had for her. I think something really changed in the family after season 4.
Watching that episode also made me realise that Edith's hair is so much better this season, more volume rather than it looking like she was caught in a rain shower.
Wikis contributor 151.230 . . . Great comments. I don't think it is and accident that Edith's hair is so much better. She is putting more care of herself in her life. When Robert went to talk to her at Brancaster and her hair was down and in soft curls, she was very lovely. I cannot wait to see how beautiful she looks during the special, when she is hopefully very happy.
I haven't seen that scene, only Robert telling Cora after he and Edith had heard the news (and that scene wasn't shown either). Both spoke with real empathy about Edith and Cora wanted to go and comfort her but Robert said that she had gone to walk and wanted to be alone.
Has there been different versions in different countries?
I think that was a scene where Edith told her father that the truth about Michael's fate might finally be determined. He told her it would be better to know the truth, and she replied she'd hate to let go of "keeping him alive" by not knowing for sure. He did incorrectly predict Mary would feel sorry, but his fatherly love was undoubtedly there.
Sorry but I remember that the scene were Edith watches Bertie shoot and says that she is very happy is in the first day they were in Brancaster, so she was probably only enjoying the nature in peace imstead of demanding to be the center of attention - a rare quality in a woman of her rank which probaby made Bertie become interested in her in first place.
It was in this day when Robert felt himself ill, and in the evening he decided that if something happened to him, he wanted to make things clear with Edith. And it was a lovely scene. As Cora had said, Robert is changed.
Has there been different versions in different countries?
I hope not! Otherwise I may have missed out on some clips that are cut and put into different countries' versions! Look out for it if you ever re-watch the episode.
I think Edith's "peace" at that moment was that she had finally succeeded in having Marigold close to her without blowing her secret. On top of having a good job, coming to terms with Michael death and knowing that some of family knew but still accepted both of them (which was an indication that when the rest knew they could be convinced if they originally didn't like it), I think she probably felt like she was standing on a good solid ground.
I do agree though, thet Bertie probably liked her because she was at peace with herself. I think it shows to others whether you are happy within yourself, and I think you tend to be more accepting of others' interest in you if you are happy.
I think the better hair is probably the Edith version of Mary getting her short hair, like a revamp of your outer person reflecting (and perpetuating) the change from the inside.
What do you think?