We have moved into the world of Downton Abbey. While we are not part of the gentry or the serving staff, we are definitely part of their world. Maybe I am a baker in the village while my husband runs the newspaper?
Regardless, we are there. Maggie Smith, the dowager Countess of Grantham, is the bright spark who lights up the sky. How does she do it?! She is the absolute Queen of One-Line Zingers.
All the drama revolves in orbit, anchored by the dignified Maggie Smith who is garbed in the proper clothing, and the most amazing hats. Her family is hashing through World War 1 and the issues of love.
When there seems that the circular orbit is heading into a collision, Maggie Smith stops them all with her incredibly timed one line zinger.
From this stern countenance, stiff bearing and gloved-hand, Dame Maggie brings the room up a notch or two with well spoken, no holding back, one line deliverance.
Oh, did we know Dame Maggie Smith had this talent? Of course, we did. In “Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, pt. 2”, Professor Minerva McGonagall voiced a spell that brought the stone guardians of Hogwart’s to life. Then she giggled, “I have always wanted to use that spell!” or something to that effect..
How I hope that someday, I as a writer will come up with those one liner zingers.