The weather is warming up at Downton, as evidenced by this week’s lovely spring bazaar. With spring comes plenty of romantic gestures, blossoming romances and even outright declarations of love. During this week’s episode, Mosely finally came out of his shell to woo the new ladies maid, Branson met a spunky school teacher and even Matthew’s mother has a new potential suitor in her life. Of course, none of these tales of romance was quite as compelling as the men swarming around Lady Mary, and for her part, she barely lifted a finger to stop the two men’s advances. We have no idea where her romances are going, but we are certainly along for the ride. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the two beaus who have made themselves apparent over the last several weeks.

Lord Gillingham
Lord Gillingham has the name and the title to be a great match for Mary. In addition, he’s a handsome gentlemen with his own holdings of land. He and Mary share much in common with their respective backgrounds, dealing with large estates in a modern age and the challenges that come along with trying to keep those estates afloat. Additionally, he’s proven to be an accomplished conversationalist and rider, as well as a man whom Mary readily confides in. They have shared a lot, but more recently, Mary has kept her distance.

Likely, this has to do with Lord Gillingham’s seeming fickleness when it comes to matters of the heart. While it has been clear that he has an affection for Mary, after she told him she wasn’t ready to be his wife, he moved forward with an engagement to another young lady. Then, he called off the engagement on the off chance he might make things work with Mary, once more. She told him she wasn’t ready yet again this week, but he no longer seems put off by the refusal. Instead, he is taking it as a challenge. Unfortunately for Lord Gillingham, he’s not the only person taking Mary’s affections as a challenge.

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