Lordship was in the study at Downton Abbey when the butler approached and
"May I ask you a
question my Lord?"
"Go ahead Carson "
said his Lordship.
"I am doing the
crossword in The Times and I have found a word I am not too clear
"What word is
that?" said his Lordship.
"Now that's a
difficult one to explain. I would say it is self assurance or complete
"Thank you my
Lord, but I'm still a little confused".
"Let me give you
an example to make it clearer. Do you remember a few months ago the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge arrived to spend a weekend with us."
"I remember the
occasion very well , my Lord. It gave the staff and myself much pleasure to look
the Earl of Grantham, "do you remember Will plucked a rose for Kate in the rose
"I was present on
that occasion, my Lord, ministering to their needs"
the rose a thorn embedded itself in his thumb very deeply"
Carson replied, "I
witnessed the incident my Lord and saw the Duchess herself remove the thorn and
bandage his thumb with her own dainty handkerchief."
"That evening the
prick on his thumb was so sore, Kate had to cut up his venison from our own
estate, even though it was extremely tender."
"Yes my Lord, I
did see everything that transpired that evening."
"The next morning
while you were pouring coffee for Her Ladyship, Kate enquired of Will with a
loud voice," "Darling does your prick still throb?
And you, Carson,
did not spill one drop of coffee!
Now that is