Isobel: There can be no special cases, because every man at the front is a special case to someone.

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Cora: I’m not sure.
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Isobel: I take that as a compliment.
Dowager Countess: I must have said it wrong.

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Matthew: A swivel chair.
Dowager Countess: Another modern brainwave?
Matthew: Not very modern, they were invented by Thomas Jefferson.
Dowager Countess: Why does every day involve a fight with an American?
Matthew: I’ll fetch a different one.
Dowager Countess: No, no, no, no – I’m a good sailor.

Cora: I could send her over to my aunt, she could get to know New York.
Dowager Countess: Oh, I don’t think things are quite that desperate.