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summary North and South ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton MargaretErce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attractionIn North and South Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literatu. A true masterpieceThis story is now buried in my molecules I can’t remove it even if I try if I cut my heart open with a scalpel and dig deep deep deep The blood pouring will still hum and whisper Elizabeth Gaskell’s words will sing about Thornton’s passion Margaret’s strength about love and social war and loss and pain and faith❝ Take care If you do not speak – I shall claim you as my own in some strange presumptuous way Send me away at once if I must go; – Margaret –❞Raised in the ways of English aristocracy despite her family’s rather poor finances Margaret Hale was content with her life her beloved Helstone with its fragrant roses and green trees helping her father’s fold But when her father decided to leave the Church and move to the industrial North Margaret found herself between dirty uneducated workers and tacky rude mill owners in the throes of Industrial Revolution Mr John Thornton the mill owner who became regular visitor of her house due to the unlikely friendship that blossomed between him and her father became her personal nemesis representing the lust for money and the lack of finesse Amidst strikes illnesses and terrible losses Margaret will see her life falling apart shaping and reshaping according to the whims of fate The uestion is what kind of person will she be in the endMany compare North and South to Pride and Prejudice and at first glance the similarities are there Margaret is the embodiment of prejudice and pride when it comes to Mr Thornton and his profession with her stern refusal to actually open her eyes and see him But the core of North and South is something different altogether It is intense not only as regards the passionate love story but also as regards the heavy element of class antagonism social mobility and fight I struggle to find the words that will express the impact of this book on my very soul It is turbulence a maelstrom that cleansed my mind from thoughts about the present and filled my senses with wild emotions I suppose this is how falling in love feels like Ever since I finished it every time I think about it my heart swells like it can’t contain my strong bottomless affection; I let out such affection with tiny shallow breaths; my head is constantly buzzing never leaving the dirty streets and the heavy smoke of Milton; a sweet shiver jolts my body and my eyes sting when I recall all the reasons it is embedded in my veins It is the passion in heavy silences in heated arguments in awkward pauses in the beast of jealousy that devours Mr Thornton’s insides and the snake of Margaret’s prejudice ❝ He shrank from hearing Margaret's very name mentioned; he while he blamed her – while he was jealous of her – while he renounced her – he loved her sorely in spite of himself❞It is the love of a rejected lover a father a mother a son a brother a sister a daughter a friend ❝ Margaret was not a ready lover but where she loved she loved passionately and with no small degree of jealousy❞It is the faith along with the pertinent doubts struggles hesitation acceptance cowardice and strength ❝ Margaret the Churchwoman her father the Dissenter Higgins the Infidel knelt down together It did them no harm❞It is Margaret’s resilience the humble habit of swallowing her pain taming her agony and being the rock of her family I can’t count the times I was furious at her parents for burdening her with the problems that were theirs to deal with Her father for his inability to make decisions and her mother for not appreciating her efforts Margaret was a force to be reckoned with a combination of thunder and soft waves a scream in the dark and the chirp of a bird during a sunny day We should all learn something from Ms Margaret Hale ❝ I know you despise me; allow me to say it is because you do not understand me❞It is the social and political aspect The clash between industrial North and agricultural South The disgust of the aristocrat towards the nouveau riche The contempt of the merchant against the soft indolent aristocrat The lack of understanding that caused all the suffering The arguments in favor of the labor movement and the strikes of people despairing trying to feed their families and the arguments in favor of the employer’s right to use the money of the business he built through trials blood and sweat the way he sees fit I dangled between the two sides admiring their tenacity their belief in the righteousness of their cause I mourned the losses holding Bessy’s hand and wept at Thornton’s anguish In the end North and South is a hymn to humankind And since Elizabeth Gaskell masterfully depicts the beliefs of both sides of every clash it is impossible to pick one So you take the side of love The love of an ignorant young woman for a sick girl Of a mother for her disgraced son Of a proud man for the woman who can’t hide her distaste of him❝ I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is even at the worst time of all when I had no hope of ever calling her mine ❞A poem a lament a lullaby a war song North and South is a literary phenomenon a sublime novel a poignant and spirited story which deserves its place amongst classics

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Of Milton Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self made man John Thornton as their fi. I finally figured out why I love North South so fucking much John Thornton is as invested in his relationship as I am And that means a great deal It's very rare to get such a deep look into the emotions of the male love interest but Gaskell didn't shy away from showing us our beautiful precious son from his most vulnerable side The way he is in a non creepy way so preoccupied with Margaret and constantly talks about her so that his mother and sister get super annoyed just by the mention of her name like HONESTLY SAME JOHN I too do nothing else but talk about Margaret and you This is some relatable content right there Elizabeth Gaskell has such a way with words I am so obsessed with her beautiful language and also with all of the fitting poems that she chose as epigraphs for her chapters gosh; I literally cannot believe that she was friends with Charlotte Brontë like hun you can do better Anyway back to my favorite topic Mr John Thornton I have written down his TOP 10 moments in chronological order and of course I'll gladly share the list with you 1 His first meeting with Margaret He almost said to himself that he did not like her before their conversation ended; he tried so to compensate himself for the mortified feeling that while he looked upon her with an admiration he could not repress she looked at him with proud indifference taking him he thought for what in his irritation he told himself he was — a great rough fellow with not a grace or a refinement about him John is just such a precious little boy like my man is just damn insecure and confused that he's so shook about Margaret and honestly I can relate He tries so hard to gain control of his emotions but he's immediately besotted by her 2 His persistence of wanting to shake her hands It was the frank familiar custom of the place; but Margaret was not prepared for it She simply bowed her farewell; although the instant she saw the hand half put out uickly drawn back she was sorry she had not been aware of the intention You could seriously make a whole saga about their hand touching business because Miss Gaskell really thought this shit through I mean it takes so many tries for them to finally shake hands that when they do he knew it was the first time their hands had met though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact I love a self aware ueen ;3 His ability to admit his mistakes ‘I spoke hastily to you once this evening and I am afraid rather rudely But you know I am but an uncouth Milton manufacturer; will you forgive me’ John and Margaret disagree on almost every single topic especially when it comes to trade and life in the North compared to the South and I love their exchange of blows but what I absolutely fucking stan are the moments of tenderness during which John tries to get on Maragret's good side again I mean he truly is a soft boiiiii4 His eyes were on the goddamn prize Mr Thornton felt that in this influx no one was speaking to Margaret and was restless under this apparent neglect But he never went near her himself; he did not look at her Only he knew what she was doing — or not doing — better than he knew the movements of any one else in the room John cares so much for Margaret He wants her to have friends he wants her to be accepted by the people in Milton He genuinely wants her to be happy and have a good time but since he's an anxious smol son AAAAAANGST gets in the way of him reaching out to her I cry 5 The whole drama on the doorstep where Margaret gets hits by a stone Everything seemed dim and vague beyond — behind — besides the touch of her arms round his neck — the soft clinging which made the dark colour come and go in his cheek as he thought of it Hold my fucking beer because I knew I was a goner after this scene Gaskell is such a drama ueen and I am 100% here for it That whole scene What a mess Thornton's complete lack of chill whenever Margaret is involved really mesmerises me 6 The damn proposal scene ‘And the gentleman thus rescued is forbidden the relief of thanks’ he broke in contemptuously ‘I am a man I claim the right of expressing my feelings’ YOU TELL HER JOHN I mean Margaret was completely savage in her refusal and I love her for it but my precious boy did really well by standing his ground and letting of his vulnerable side show7 His jealousy which never turned into possessiveness He lashed himself into an agony of fierce jealousy He thought of that look that attitude — how he would have laid his life at her feet for such tender glances such fond detention I mean let's not kid ourselves there's one thing this book excels at and that's pining BUT John is always soooo respectful when it comes to his feelings towards Margaret He doesn't think she belongs to him he's fully convinced she'll never have him and that she's too good for him and after her refusal he just accepts that and leaves her alone despite the fact that his feelings for her haven't vanished 8 The Farewell Scene ‘No’ said he ‘I put it to the touch once and I lost it all Let her go — with her stony heart and her beauty; — how set and terrible her look is now for all her loveliness of feature She is afraid I shall speak what will reuire some stern repression Let her go Beauty and heiress as she may be she will find it hard to meet with a truer heart than mine Let her go’ I mean BITCH I cried I really thought it was over at this point Their farewell was heartbreaking John was so bitter and sad about it but he knew there was nothing he could to and so he let her be Like we stan a realistic ueen 9 Their motherfucking reunion He came close to her He knelt by her side to bring his face to a level with her ear; and whispered panted out the words— ‘Take care — If you do not speak — I shall claim you as my own in some strange presumptuous way — Send me away at once if I must go; — Margaret —’ These hoes really had me convinc

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North and SouthWhen her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town. I have just completed reading this book for the second time and it has been even better then the first timeI'd already seen the BBC series before reading the first time so I already knew the story and I wish I'd come to the books afresh in a way though I do not think that would have altered in anyway the way I perceived them Though Richard Armitage certainly does help and I swooned over Thornton even What I love about North and South is the passion and the realness of the characters the emotion between the characters I loved the passion of Thornton his feelings and emotion so strong and real they almost popped off the pageThe characters aren't characters but people and they feel real and honest not caricatures of people or flat emotionless representations North and South is Pride and Prejudice meets Industrial Revolution in the North of England Only Mr Darcy is of a Margaret in that she snobs Mr Thornton in the beginning Like Lizzie though Margaret is a strong woman and fiercely independentBoth of these books would make an interesting comparison Both books are set in rather different times North and South in a time when women could own property and so could be independent The industrial revolution was in full fledge with the rising middle class during a great time of progress The railway made it easier for people of all classes to move aboutNorth and South is a love story that takes place on the background of two conflicts the class conflict between the North and the South and the conflict between the mill owners and the trade unions Mr Thornton is a tradesman from Milton really Manchester and Margaret is the daughter of a parson from the New Forest She has grown up for most of her latter path of childhood in Harley Street London When Margaret's father decides to leave his job as parson of Helstone in the New Forest over a crisis of conscience he takes his family to Milton to start a new life as a tutor One of his favourite pupils is the mill owner Mr Thornton who is brusue and does not have the manners of the south There was a great snobbery about tradesmen even though money wise Thornton was richer then the Hales he was still a tradesman rather then a perceived gentleman And through misunderstandings of each others manners and ways Margaret and Mr Thornton often find themselves at opposing sides of the argument Meanwhile she also befriends Nicholas Higgins a passionate mill worker who is behind the trade union strikesI much prefer North and South to Pride and Prejudice though both are so different from each other in many ways Gaskell is a bit worldly having been married lived in the North and having a wider circle of friends Her father was also a dissenter who left the church on grounds of consciousness a theme I have noticed popping up in her other stories My Lady Ludlow springs to mind So North and South has a much wider perspectiveI think in the end though what makes a novel good what makes a good author is their ability to create characters that feel so real you can almost tough them If the characters are flat then so will the rest of the story even with a brilliant plot it is the characters that make a storyMargaret Hale and John Thornton are two people that live on in my imagination