Lady Violet: Mary, listen to me. If you take Matthew now, when his whole future is at risk, he will love you to the end of his days. Lady Sybil: Why Granny, you're a romantic. Lady Violet: I have been called many things, but never that.
VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM The mother of Robert, Earl of Grantham, Violet is proud, loyal to her son and immensely insufferable to her American daughter-in-law Cora, whom she regards as an interloper, a living compromise the family has had to make.