Financial follies of 'Downton Abbey'

Time to get a job

Edith has a bad rap around Downton. Sure, she’s earned some of it, but no one deserves to be treated like the wicked stepsister 24/7.

After all, Mary’s still around. And she is not nice.

Plus, you can’t help but feel sorry for Edith, who like many Englishwomen of the post-World War I era, had little chance of scoring a husband because there were so few men her age left in England.

The dowager countess offered Edith the best advice, after Sir Anthony Strallan, the older gentleman she finally snagged, jilted her at the altar: "Edith, dear, you're a woman with a brain and reasonable ability; stop whining and find something to do!"

(For the most part, the Crawley women seem to not have anything to do.)

I’m sure the dowager didn’t intend for her granddaughter to become a newspaper columnist, but that’s what Edith did. Whether or not she’s being paid for her talents remains to be seen.

Still, perhaps there’s hope for Downton Abbey yet.