'Downton Abbey': The Pathetic Life and Times of Lady Edith Crawley

Lady Edith is the British aristocratic version of Jan Brady. As the middle child; she lacks her eldest sister's je ne sais quoi, and her younger sister's sweetness and beauty. Her own parents have difficulty seeing her as anything other than mediocre. Even Mr. Bates and Anna have expressed a shared pity for the often overlooked Edith. As if constant sniping with Lady Mary isn't bad enough, Edith has suffered a myriad of humiliations and setbacks, both personal and private. Even though the Dowager Countess tells her granddaughter that life is a series of problems to be solved until we die, it seems as if Edith has had more than her fair share. Let's take a look.
By Jennifer Lind-Westbrook

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