[Scene: Daisy carries a pitcher from the kitchens to the servants' hall
where the servants are sitting down to luncheon.]
Carson: Downton is a great house,
Mr Bates and the Crawleys are a great family.
We live by certain standards
and those standards can at first seem daunting.
Bates: Of course.
If u find yourself tongue-tied in the presence of his Lordship,
I can only assure you that his manners and grace
will soon help you to perform your duties to the best of your ability.
Bates: I know.
[Scene: All of the servants stand.]
Robert: My dear fellow!
I do apologize. I should have realized you'd all be at luncheon.
Carson: Not at all, my Lord.
Robert: Please, sit. Sit, everyone.
I just want to say a quick hello to my old comrade-in-arms.
Bates, my dear man. Welcome to Downton.
[Scene: They shake hands.]
Bates: Thank you, sir.
Robert: I'm so sorry to have disturbed you all. Please forgive me.
Bates: You never asked.
[Scene: Robert leaves and the ones who seated themselves rise slightly in their chairs.
The servants turn their surprised looks on Mr Bates. He shrugs.]