And what is a weekend? /Downton geek
Lol yes that cracked me up too on Downton - we sometimes forget that "weekend" is a modern concept. In the olden times from what I understand the days were somewhat irrelevant to the wealthy, and to the poor most days were working days (or perhaps they'd have one day off - Sunday maybe), the "working week" and "weekend" as we know it are relatively modern concepts.
AFAIK Sundays still would have been church days - which would often have been a much longer affair than modern services usually are
One gathers that "the lower orders" made the best of the situation as described, however bleak. As in the eighteenth-century ballad "Sally In Our Alley", by Henry Carey -- the "speaker", a downtrodden apprentice in whose life the only bright spot is his girlfriend and, he hopes, future wife:
"Of all the days that's in the week,
I dearly love but one day --
And that's the day that comes betwixt
A Saturday and Monday:
For then I'm drest in all my best
To walk abroad with Sally;
She is the darling of my heart
And she lives in our alley.
My master carries me to church
And often I am blam-ed
Because I leave him in the lurch
As soon as text is nam-ed;
I leave the church in sermon-time
And slink away to Sally..."