Sure, Robert had been playing with financial ruin continuing the grand lifestyle. Edith boxed herself in with those Victorian values and kept deepening her unhappiness. And some of the servants could have found a better deal if they went into town and found 20th-century jobs.
But, in the coming and last season of the series "Downton Abbey," we will have to say good-bye to the old order. That is because, as the line from the Yeats poem captures: The center cannot hold. Here is the trailer.
Change can coarsen. We wonder if the veneer of civility among the aristocrats and in relationships with their servants will blow up. Is human nature, at its core, ugly? Will this saga take on the memes of Shakespearean tragedy?