Thus all the greater irony that Downton required another American import, Cora Grantham, in order to keep the estate running.
It was my opportunity to grant Cora an independent moment away from being a mother, and being a wife.
Cora Carlisle, a 36-year-old woman, chaperones a 15-year-old girl named Louise Brooks from Wichita to New York one summer.
Moriarty overcomes the predictability by insisting on the complexity of Cora, who is both flat and expansive as a character.
Cora studied her photo and forged signature with obvious wonderment.
“Come just as you are–in your bathing suit,” invited Cora, and Rosalie did.
Cora was one of those girls who have many, many deCorations for her room.
I watched the scowling policeman approach our car while Uncle Peter got back in with the blonde Cora and drove away.
“And Grace and I were going to have such fun this half,” declared Cora.
Cora did not say so—even to her chums, but she had great hopes that something might develop from the events of this night.