Charles Carson, Butler of Downton Abbey

Mr. Carson Position in Staff: Butler Portrayed by: Jim Carter Ship(s): Mr. Carson/Mrs. Hughes Personality: Mr. Carson is a strict yet proper man. He’s in charge of all the male servants at Downton Abbey and has worked for Lord Grantham since time immemorial. He has seen the Earl grow up and he has seen his daughters grow up. Mr. Carson is probably the man who knows Downton best of all. free counters

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"You may be right….I’m not sure. But there is no changing it, so we’ll take whatever he says, and make the best of it. Are you ready to head back to the hotel?"

"I’m ready. Davie, lamb, are you all done?"

"Yes, Mummy! Can I put on my jeans when we get home?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"One day, you will see in yourself what I, and countless others, see in you." He looked at the phone which was buzzing on the table next to him. "It’s Robert; he’s confirming our meeting."

He’d never seen anything in her but an easy lay; he’d said so often enough, hadn’t he? And she had been a stupid lovesick fool. No more. Now she was a mother, and that was all that mattered.

"It will be all right, Charles. He needs you as much as you need him."

"You may be right….I’m not sure. But there is no changing it, so we’ll take whatever he says, and make the best of it. Are you ready to head back to the hotel?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Agreed. But your ‘friends’ also need to be good to him….and he is not to call them ‘Da’."

"No, that wouldn’t suit at all. He’s more likely to be called Father Christmas, or perhaps the Easter Bunny."

"One day, you will see in yourself what I, and countless others, see in you." He looked at the phone which was buzzing on the table next to him. "It’s Robert; he’s confirming our meeting."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Maybe, though I should ask….are you thinking that if you find someone, he’ll live at the hotel with us? Work with us? If so, then you’d need to make provisions with me for Jessica."

"Fine. If this imaginary man who’d be willing to give anything at all up to have me should ever emerge from your mind into the real world, you can have any woman you want to live with, as long as she’s kind to Davie."

"Agreed. But your ‘friends’ also need to be good to him….and he is not to call them ‘Da’."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Well, the good ones would give their right arm. Someday, our lad here will meet a girl, and if she’s anything like his Mummy, he’ll be willing to part with an arm!"

Not if he’s anything like his da, Elsie thought. “Maybe I just need to find myself a good one, then.”

"Maybe, though I should ask….are you thinking that if you find someone, he’ll live at the hotel with us? Work with us? If so, then you’d need to make provisions with me for Jessica."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Oh no, I can say without any hesitation, that it is absolutely not. Any man would give his right arm to have your attentions." He hurriedly took a drink from his cup, knowing he had again said too much.

"I’d like to know where those men are. I’ve barely met anyone willing to give up their pint, much less a body part."

"Well, the good ones would give their right arm. Someday, our lad here will meet a girl, and if she’s anything like his Mummy, he’ll be willing to part with an arm!"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"You never did understand your attractiveness to men."

"Mainly because it’s all in your mind."

"Oh no, I can say without any hesitation, that it is absolutely not. Any man would give his right arm to have your attentions." He hurriedly took a drink from his cup, knowing he had again said too much.

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

monajo7:

charles-carson-butler:

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"So you’ll bring your men there?"

"My… I will never understand the perverted pleasure you apparently gain from imagining me with every man you’ve ever seen me speak to."

"You never did understand your attractiveness to men."

….and women (sorry, couldn’t help myself) xo

(You’ll get no argument from me.)

Anonymous asked: No! No divorce! You're supposed to be in love! This conversation escalated way too quickly.

Well, it *usually* escalates quickly. 😉

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"So you’ll bring your men there?"

"My… I will never understand the perverted pleasure you apparently gain from imagining me with every man you’ve ever seen me speak to."

"You never did understand your attractiveness to men."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

I thought you wanted to attempt a fresh start, he thought.

"Exactly the manner in which I described it. It may not be completely easy, but I can learn my place."

"Only I thought we’d decided, if we really could find no jobs in the hotels, we’d start our own. I don’t recall any talk of you being a house — well, anything."

"So you’ll bring your men there?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Ok, I can handle this. We’ll get a divorce, live together, I’ll be a stay at home father, you’ll continue to work. You can bring home whomever you choose, and tell them whatever you’d like. I’ll do everything you say, and never contradict you. Agreeable?"

"Don’t like the idea? Then how do you see the future unfolding?"

I thought you wanted to attempt a fresh start, he thought.

"Exactly the manner in which I described it. It may not be completely easy, but I can learn my place."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"So I’m supposed to what, live with you and your new ‘friend’? Like *hell* I will! The meeting with Robert is off!"

"You’re going to back out of what you promised to do for our lad over some imaginary man? That’s a bit much, even for you."

"Ok, I can handle this. We’ll get a divorce, live together, I’ll be a stay at home father, you’ll continue to work. You can bring home whomever you choose, and tell them whatever you’d like. I’ll do everything you say, and never contradict you. Agreeable?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

charles-carson-butler:

"No, I suppose not. But then we should consider living in different residences; how are you going to bring someone home, if your ex-husband is there? You’ll still be working, and you’ll meet all sorts of new and interesting people. If you were to, say, find someone new,…

"So I’m supposed to what, live with you and your new ‘friend’? Like *hell* I will! The meeting with Robert is off!"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"There would be no reason to divorce, would there?"

"Is there any reason to stay married?"

"No, I suppose not. But then we should consider living in different residences; how are you going to bring someone home, if your ex-husband is there? You’ll still be working, and you’ll meet all sorts of new and interesting people. If you were to, say, find someone new, how would you explain that we live together? ‘I live with my ex-husband, because the poor dear has no job and no money….and certainly no friends or family that want anything to do with him.’"