He called up his mother, the dowager countess, and asked her to come over and look after the children.
She went from dominatrix to dowager, swapping her D & Gs for sensible brogues, her sexy leather and lace for tweeds and twin sets.
When I tell her that Clooney is rumored to also kiss the dowager Countess during the episode, she chuckles.
Vacations are as mysterious to me as weekends are to the dowager Countess of Grantham.
There would be no chance to escape by the door; the dowager's voice was already audible in the outer office.
I promise you I will,' said the dowager—'here, take the rod!'
"You speak English very well, Mademoiselle," said the dowager suddenly.
"I dote on 'em," comes back the dowager, and "my daughter" owned up that she "adored" 'em.
The evening was much livelier than those summer evenings when the dowager and Lady Lesbia were present.
The dowager and "my daughter" left that dinner table trembling all over.
1520s, from Middle French douagere "widow with a dower" literally "pertaining to a dower," from douage "dower," from douer "endow," from Latin dotare, from dos (genitive dotis) "dowry" (see dowry).