Violet: Of course I've heard! Why else would I be here?
Caro: Robert didn't want u to read about it in a newspaper and be upset.
He flatters me. I'm tougher than I look.
[Scene: Cora sighs.]
Violet: I'm very sorry about poor Patrick, of course. He was a nice boy.
Cora: We were all so fond of him.
Violet: But I never cared for James. He was too like his mother and a nastier woman ever drewbreath.
[Scene: Cora puts on a smile.]
Cora: Will you stay for some luncheon?
Violet: Thank you.
Caro: I'll let Carson know.
[Scene: Cora heads for the door.]
Violet: I've already told him. Shall we sit down?
[Scene: They sit.]
Violet: Do you know the new heir?
Cora: Only that there is one.
Violet: He's Robert's third cousin once removed. I have never, to my knowledge, set eyes onhim.
Cora: Of course, if your late husband hadn't forced me to sign that absurd act of legal theft!
[Scene: Violet puts up a hand.]
Violet: My dear, I didn't come here to fight. Lord Grantham wanted to protect the estate.
It never occurred to him that you wouldn't have a son.
Cora: Well, I didn't.
Violet: No, you did not. But when Patrick had married Mary and your grandson been hailed asmaster, honour would have been satisfied.