Those of us interested in how values play out in lives have a lot to ponder about Edith's shift from having an abortion to deciding not to. That was a main story line last night in "Downton Abbey." At the facility, she heard weeping and reversed course.
One would have assumed that Edith would be locked into the value of maintaining her family's good name. Yes, society has loosened up a bit since Mary was not so marketable in marriage since she had had a love affair. But not that much. Even in the more liberal United States I had girlfriends in the late 1960s, before "Roe v. Wade," who got pregnant. Their families gave them a choice: Get an abortion underground or in Europe or get of town to have the baby.
So, it's a surprise that Edith would open to the door to shame for both her family and herself. Also, like her sisters Mary and the late Sybil she's self-absorbed. Why would she invite the burden of being responsible for a baby?
We can anticipate in the coming episodes more emotional disruption for her parents Robert and Cora. Now they have this.