*-The only character that I own is Mrs. Morton. They belong to Julian Fellows, Carnival, etc.
From the time she was a young girl, Elsie Hughes knew that she had two choices in life.
She could, as her mother and grandmothers did before her, marry farmers and spend their lives as farmer’s wives.
Or she could enter service.
Service was a promising career for a young woman with an instinct for hard work and a drive to succeed.
So she did.
From the age of seventeen, Elsie rose through the ranks of several large aristocratic houses, starting from maid, to head housemaid and then to housekeeper.
Two years ago, an offer came her way. Mrs. Morton, the longtime housekeeper at Downton Abbey, seat of the Earl of Grantham in Yorkshire was retiring. The Countess of Grantham and her mother in law, the Dowager Countess, could rarely agree on anything, but they agreed that replacing Mrs. Morton would not be easy. Unbeknownst to Elsie, her former employer, a Marchioness in ______shire had submitted her name for the position. The interview and the following job offer was a shock, but it was an offer that she could not refuse.
The position and duties were satisfying. The house was large, but not too large for her to manage. The butler, Mr. Carson, though stuck in his ways, was not impossible to work with.
The Earl and Countess had three daughters. The eldest, Lady Mary, at age ten, was far too impertinent for a girl of her age. The middle daughter, Lady Edith, at age 8 was forever fighting with and trying to outdo her eldest sister. The youngest daughter at age 5, Lady Sybil, was a sweet girl who was curious about the world around her.
Elsie could have married at any time; there was no lack of eligible and interested men.
But she was happy with her choice. Some women were meant to marry and have children, but for Elsie, her life was in service and that was just fine with her.