Fandom: Downton Abbey
Characters: Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham; Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Mary Crawley, Edith Crawly, Sybil Crawley; Sir Robert, Earl of Grantham
Rating & Warnings: PG for references to sex and miscarriage
Format & Word Count: fic, 4463 words
Prompt: # 48, "I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly." (Catherine the Great)
Summary: An old dispute with the Dowager Countess over parenting techniques comes to a head when the Crawley daughters test their boundaries and Lady Cora learns their darkest secrets.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to my outstanding team of betas, gilpin25, godricgal, and just_a_dram, without whom I wouldn't have finished this story, understood the finer points of 19th century, American-British money-for-title marriages, written coherent sentences with correctly spelled words, or, most importantly, found Cora.
(Spare the Rod)