Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dark nights of the soul in Downton Abbey story

Spirituality & Practice reviews Downton Abbey: Season 2 with quotes from Thomas Moore's book Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding your Way through Life’s Ordeals. A passage by Moore includes, "The darkness of the night implies nothing sinister, only that the liberation takes place in hidden ways, beneath our knowledge and understanding. It happens mysteriously, in secret, and beyond our conscious control. For that reason it can be disturbing or even scary, but in the end it always works to our benefit.'" The review states, "Season 2 of Downton Abbey has some darker plot lines than Season 1. Several characters experience a dark night of the soul  —  Matthew, Lady Mary, and Lady Edith all suffer major disappointments."

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat ask, "Through it all, as viewers we find ourselves caught up in these dramas big and small. What good will emerge from these challenges? How will these characters, the family upstairs and the staff downstairs, weather the storms?" before including, "'Liberation,' writes Thomas Moore, 'takes place in hidden ways.'"