Around the House: Recording machines were invested in the mid-1800s and, in 1877, Thomas Edison invented a machine that could also play the recording back. About a decade later, facing competition, the inventor introduced the phonograph, intended for dictation. Around the same time, sound began to be recorded on flat discs. That innovation led to the 1898 establishment of the Gramophone Company in London, which would later become Hist Master’s Voice.

I don’t think we can say ‘should’ about things that happen in war. It just happens and we should live with it.
-Lady Mary

Sybil: I’m ready to travel and you are my ticket. To get away from this house, away from this life!

Branson: Me?

Sybile: No. Uncle Tom Cobley.

Uncle Tom Cobley was a character in the traditional folk song “Widecombe Fair,” one of seven men who go to the fair with a horse who dies along the way. Uncle Tom Cobley, whose name is the song’s refrain in the line “Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all,” was possibly baed on a real person who lived in Devon in the early 1800s. The common British expression “Uncle Tom Cobley and all” is used to mean “et cetera”

Mrs. Patmore: Daisy, it wouldn’t please William if you don’t take what’s owing. He wanted you to be looked after.

Daisy: No! You made me a liar while he was alive. You’ll not make me be false to his memory!

England at War: After Germany refuses to honor Belgian neutrality and invades on August 4, 1914, Great Britain enters World War I. The war will last until November 11, 1918.

Matthew: I couldn’t marry her. Not now. I couldn’t marry any woman.

Mary: And if they should just want to be with you? On any terms?

Matthew: No one sane would want to be with me as I am now. Including me.

On This Day: Alexander Graham Bell dies in 1922. Bell, a pioneer of sound recording and the inventor of the telephone, was born in Scotland in 1847 and studied at the University of London.

Daisy: I’m very fond of William, and I’m very sad. But I’ve led him on and made him think things aren’t true.

Mrs. Patmore: But he wanted them to be true. He was happy to think they were true.

Daisy: But that doesn’t make it all right.

We should stand well clear when you light the blue touch paper.
-Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Touch paper - paper soaked i potassium nitrate, a compound used in gunpowder - was used as the fuse at the end of a firework. To light it was to brace for an explosion, both literally and figuratively, for better or for worse.

Sometimes a hard sacrifice must be made for a future that’s worth living.