They have so much in common: features a bit askew, weak chins, literary goals, tortured souls. But who’s more anguished: newspaper columnist Lady Edith of “Downton Abbey” or aspiring memoirist Hannah of “Girls”?
Hannah: Stopped subsidizing her but adore her.
Edith: Pay all expenses but pity her as doomed never to wed.
Hannah: Debilitating OCD keeps her from meeting deadlines (although this season, therapy and meds have helped).
Edith: Inferiority complex due to gorgeous sisters and dismissive dad (“You have nothing of importance to say; you’re a woman”).
Hannah: “I am 13 pounds overweight and it has been awful for me my whole life.”
Edith: Portrayed by Fred Armisen in drag on Jimmy Fallon’s spoof.
Hannah: Once dated a guy who “treats my heart like monkey meat.”
Edith: Boyfriend has mentally ill wife.
The winner (or loser): Edith’s extremely tortured soul. Spoiler alert: Season four holds more woes for poor middle child Edith.