(Well, nearly line by line)
In the aftermath of the Christmas Special, I find myself thinking a lot about the way Fellowes chose to write certain scenes. The more I ponder on them, the more I find the intricacies of his word choice and the structure of how he laid out Matthew and Mary’s story to be wonderfully nuanced and detailed with character truths. So many revelations came out in this episode, as well as a lot of scenes that fans had been anticipating for so long—the coming out of the scandal, Mary’s final sacking of Carlisle, to name a few. And while there were so many well-written scenes in this episode, for me personally, and quite thankfully, the most well-written scene in the whole Christmas Special was the proposal. I enjoy it for so many reasons. It had just the right amount of fluff and cheese to induce the sort of fangirl-squee heartswoon, but at the same time, it so brilliantly manages to capture the sincerity of these two characters, who they are, and where they are going. So thus, I share some of my opinions on these lines, decidedly based upon how I personally view the characters and their personal journeys.