It surprised me how few words were said on the subject of the 6th Marquis of Hexham, Peter Pelham, cousin to Bertie. I didn't quite grasp what was the intention of Julian Fellowes with the very, very subtil inferences that he was an homossexual.
I had this theory, while I was watching: in the 1st season, Julian made a very good use of some classic british stories, adapted to Downton's storylines, such as the Dowager in the flower competition. So it's no surprise if Julian, voluntarily of not, made small references to some of these famous tales. The story of the young Marquis, that lives in Morroco, and eventually dies there, and is gay and unaccepted by his family, reminded me at once of the character of Lord Sebastian Flyte, who also became a Marquis, also was gay and had family trouble because of that sort of life, and also fled to Morroco and died there.
What do you think of this possible link between two famous british stories placed in the beggining of the XXth century?
(sorry for any mispellling, English is not my usual language)