Does anyone know why multiple times throughout the series, after Rose is introduced to the audience, she is referred to by Robert, Cora, Mary, and possibly Edith as a niece to Robert and Cora? Is this some sort of British leaning where cousins are sometimes called nieces and nephews or could the actors and director have made critical errors that went unnoticed?
Well Rose is a niece towards Cora and Robert
She is not. She is their 1st cousin once removed, her mother is Robert's cousin, not his sister.
Some quotes might help. Otherwise it is unclear.
One of them is Lady Mary telling Robert and Cora (in reference to Rose) "your niece is a flapper" or something like that. Doesn't matter either way because Robert only has one sister, Rosamund, with no children, and Cora has one brother, also with no children, so neither Robert nor Cora have nieces or nephews.
What doesn’t matter is expecting formal relations to be enforced in every conversation... in many cultures older people are routinely called auntie and uncle with no relation whatsoever. So to call such things an error could just be enforcing one’s own standards on situations where it is unnecessary and unimportant.
However, if you can produce a quote that happens in a context where it is inappropriate, there may be some validity to the error argument. Otherwise, it’s just commentary looking for validation.
I was merely looking for clarification on an inconsistency in the series. There's no need to villainize me or my question, or offend me by making snide remarks about my intentions or intelligence. I don't need to provide any additional quotes other than the one already provided. Watch the series again if you need confirmation. If calling your cousin your niece is commonplace practice in England, just say so. Last I checked it's not commonplace for these two relations to be easily confused; and there's no familial or societal need in this situation to call her anything other than what she is.
I can remember as a child calling some of my older cousins Aunt or Uncle maybe it is that kinda thing.
Kate, I've never heard of that. Are you from England? Did you say "auntie and uncle" when speaking to them or did you more formally say "Aunt Sarah/Uncle Paul" for example? If the latter, I wonder why add an extra word like aunt or uncle when in the case of a cousin you would just call them Sarah or Paul in this example. Maybe it was determined by how much older they were, back in the day, as a sign of respect?
Nope I'm from Texas. I think it was honestly because they were so much older than me. In fact I believe they were my 2nd cousins twice removed or how ever you say it. They were my grandmother's sisters kids. LOL does that make sense?
Just having read this thread, nobody's insulting or "villainizing" anyone that I can tell. Most of us won't know the dialogue by heart, so a quote helps to refresh the memory or find the area on a screenplay search.
You didn't already give a quote because what you said you added "or something like that" to, which is so imprecise it's useless.
Don't be lazy. If you have a question, collect the data yourself and present it. It's not up to others to do the work for you.
Then again, maybe the lack of info/interest is because of the character. Rose is incredibly annoying even though she's less than a secondary char. She's stupid, air-headed, vapid, loud, and not at all appealing.
I'm US born. I've called older, long-term family friends "aunt/uncle" as a sort of honorary title. Those people's children, however, I don't recall ever referring to or thinking of as cousins, though.
What do you think?