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Downton Abbey Meme - Five scenes // Anna and Bates’ goodbye kiss (5/5)
"No man can regret loving as I have loved you."
Portrait I drew of the lovely Maggie Smith.
I am getting this framed and hung over my fireplace goddamn.
W is for Wife
“I, John Bates, take thee, Anna May Smith, to be my wedded wife.” (02x08)
"You are not spoiled. You are made higher to me, and holier, because of the suffering you have been put through. You are my wife, and I have never been prouder, nor loved you more than I love you now, at this very moment.” (04x05)
Um yes, hello, I’d like to place an order for a husband who takes his wedding vows as seriously as John Bates, please. Yes, I’ll hold.
Whatever you say about Bates, you can’t deny that he is fiercely loyal — to Anna especially, above all else. On this happy day (02x08), Bates makes the same vow that everyone else is bound to in matrimony — but does everyone stay as doggedly faithful to them as Bates so naturally and easily does?
(We’re just going to ignore his previous marriage, btw. It was clearly a sham of a marriage.)
I’ve always really loved the emphasis he puts on the line, “You are my wife” (04x05), because to him, that simple fact says everything. How could she ever have doubted him, and feared his response, when the very fact that she is his wife promises unconditional love?
Anna has always, always stuck by Bates, “through thin and thin” (as he calls it), but in S4, it’s Bates who now rises magnificently to the occasion and shows no hesitation at all in loving and supporting Anna, even in the worst of times.
If this isn’t love, I don’t know what is.
Or “No man can regret loving, as I have loved you.” 😭❤️ *arg my heart!*
Downton Abbey, Series One, Episode 5