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North and South [PDF / Epub] ✅ North and South By Elizabeth Gaskell – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk This richly textured novel of romance and class conflict explores the dichotomies between the pastoral South and industrial North during England's mid Victorian era Praised by Dickens as an admirable This richly textured novel of romance and class conflict explores the dichotomies between the pastoral South and industrial North during England's mid Victorian era Praised by North and ePUB ´ Dickens as an admirable story this is a turbulent tale of a woman torn between her sympathy for discontented millworkers and her love for the factory's owner.


10 thoughts on “North and South

  1. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    It's Pride and Prejudice for Socialists


  2. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    This will be a uotepic review I don't have time for a long one and this is such a classic that whatever I write won't be good enough There will be spoilers as some of my fav uotes just so you know Thornton and Margaret 3 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 He shook hands with Margaret He knew it was the first time their hands had met though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact He laid her down softly and looking on her pure white face the sense of what she was to him came upon him so keenly that he spoke it out in his pain'Oh my Margaret my Margaret no one can tell what you are to me' 'I dare not hope I never was fainthearted before; but I cannot believe such a creature cares for me''But I know she does not care for me I shall put myself at her feet I must If it were but one chance in a thousand or a million I should do it' 'You look as if you thought it tainted you to be loved by me You cannot avoid it Nay I if I would cannot cleanse you from it But I would not if I could I have never loved any woman before my life has been too busy my thoughts too much absorbed with other things Now I love and will love But do not be afraid of too much expression on my part' How was it that he haunted her imagination so persistently? What could it be? Why did she care for what he thought in spite of all her pride in spite of herself? 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 What shall I do? What do I mean? Why do I care what he thinks beyond the mere loss of his good opinion as regards my telling the truth or not? I cannot tell But I am very miserable Oh how unhappy this last year has been 'Where she had suffered so much' Alas and that was the way in which this eighteen months in Milton to him so unspeakably precious down to its very bitterness which was worth all the rest of life's sweetness would be remembered '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' 'Oh Mr Thornton I am not good enough''Not good enough Don't mock my own deep feeling of unworthiness' My buddy reader Nicole said everything there is to say about the book just beautiful if you want to know just read her review DUCHESS NICOLE'S REVIEWbuddy read with Tea Karen Nicole Cathy Amaryllis and I think there were some people ahahhahah anyway A LOT OF US


  3. Fiona Fiona says:

    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


  4. leynes leynes says:

    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 convinced that they wouldn't end up together like I had mentally prepared myself for Margaret marrying motherfucking Lennox this man can choke boyyy and so you will believe how shooketh I was when I found out that Margaret and Johnny boy would be endgame I mean nothing will top his declarations of love10 HE HAS NO CHILL ‘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 I went there on my return from Havre’ He went to Helstone the place of her upbringing like what? John is a hopeless romantic AND not gonna lie this book turned me into one as well I watched the BBC mini series two times within the span of three days and I need Richard Armitage as John Thornton in my life He can get it any dayApart from my love for my baby boy John North South has to offer a wide range of characters who are all interesting and well fleshed out I particularly enjoyed John's loving relationship to his mother and how much she cared for him and wanted to protect him but also all the drama surrounding the strike and the plight of the workers especially Nicholas and Bessy Higgins were wonderful characters I grew very fond of Dixon is a force of nature and I love her than life itself; the way she cared for Mrs Hale and Margaret was so heartwearming and she was also COMEDY GOLD ‘Bless her’ said Dixon ‘She’s as sweet as a nut There are three people I love it’s missus Master Frederick and her Just them three That’s all The rest be hanged for I don’t know what they’re in the world for’ In general North South featured many moments that I could easily relate to Margaret's disgust at all the men who are interested in her her inability to refuse nicely Margaret being tired all the time She is hands down one of my favorite heroines in Victorian literature Such a strong and self determined woman I will leave you with my favorite moment of hers “He was speaking in a subdued voice as if to her alone She did not wish to be so exclusively addressed She replied out in her usual tone” What A Savage


  5. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    So about 5 years ago a friend and I were fangirling about Jane Austen generally and debating the merits of the various film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth and Elizabeth Garvie from the 1980 BBC version FTW by the way and she says You have to watch this and hands me a couple of DVDs of North and South And I say thank you but I'm thinking to myself well Patrick Swayze was pretty hot back in the day but why on earth is she giving me DVDs of a US Civil War miniseries when all we've been talking about is Jane Austen?So the DVDs got lost in the depths of my entertainment center and I never watched them Then a year or so ago I met some GR friends who were all North and South Richard Armitage and lots of pictures only some of them shirtless accompanied this gushing And very gradually it dawned on me that just maybe my friend had something other than the Civil War in mind with those North South DVDs So I dug out the DVDs and blew off the dust Sure enough they contain Richard Armitage not Patrick Swayze So I confessed to her she got a good laugh out of it and I've actually both watched the DVDs now and read the book which I had never heard of before I joined Goodreads so thanks GR friends North and South was originally called Margaret but luckily Charles Dickens Elizabeth Gaskell's mentor changed her mind It's been called an industrial Pride and Prejudice and that's really not a bad description Most of the characters have pride in themselves and their own piece of English culture and prejudice against those whose ways are different and this is epitomized by the conflict between northern and southern ways of life in the novel Margaret Hale is from the South of England where the landed gentry and aristocracy are based; John Thornton is from the North city of Milton based on Manchester a center of the industrial revolution with self made men and workers who are starting to unionizeMargaret's family is forced by their reduced circumstances to move to Milton when her father dissents from the Church of England and leaves his living as a pastor to become a tutor Thornton a cotton mill owner is one of Mr Hale's students and at first he and Margaret strike sparks off each other in all the wrong ways although Thornton at least is very attracted to Margaret who isn't like any woman he's ever come across before in his life But both of them are prejudiced in favor of their own way of life and against the other's'You do not know the South Mr Thornton' she said collapsing into a determined silence and angry with herself for having said so much'And may I say that you do not understand the North?' asked he with an inexpressible gentleness in his tone as he saw that he had really hurt herWhile much of NS is the story of how these two very different people learn to see their own and their part of the country's shortcomings and gain appreciation for the other person and their way of life there is so much going on in this novel that it would be a real disservice to view it just as a love story Gaskell explores industrialization the unionization movement and the changing lives of all of the characters I could spend a long time talking about how she weaves in themes of prejudice understanding power and a person's duty to those he or she has power over and the roles of women and men in society Let's just say that Gaskell was a very advanced thinker for her time Others have uibbled over the ending of the book and I agree that it would have been nice to read about view spoilerthe relationship of Margaret and John once they finally get together hide spoiler


  6. Candi Candi says:

    Update June 16 2018 I watched the BBC production this past week and it was outstanding I highly recommend pairing the book with the movie While I rated the book 4 stars the entire package of paper and screen is a sure 5 stars The movie adds that extra bit of magic that I found didn't come across as well in the writing alone And the acting? superb Yes I did need to fan myself on several occasions thank you Richard Armitage And that ending sigh About three or four years ago I picked up a copy of Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters on a whim never before having heard of the book or even the author for that matter I know thank goodness for Goodreads or I would forever remain in a state of ignorance I did not expect to become absolutely smitten with both the novel and its characters I immediately placed it on my ‘favorites’ shelf and added numerous other Gaskell works to my list Finally I have gotten around to reading anotherI will start out by saying that I truly enjoyed and appreciated this work of fiction Set in England during the time of the Industrial Revolution North and South tackles some of the major economic and social issues of the time Gaskell earnestly depicts the differences between the north of England and the south of England both geographically as well as through her characters With great insight she portrays the conflicts between the working class and the affluent mill owners the ‘masters’ She is sympathetic to both realizing that each depend upon a mutual understanding in order to thrive I see two classes dependent on each other in every possible way yet each evidently regarding the interests of the other as opposed to their own; I never lived in a place before where there were two sets of people always running each other downMargaret Hale has lived a life of luxury in London with her Aunt Shaw and cousin Edith for some time When she moves back to the relative tranuility and modest living of her parents' home in Helstone she uickly adapts to her new surroundings However when her father decides to leave his position as minister of this small hamlet and uproots the family to the manufacturing town of Milton in the north of England neither Margaret nor her mother are at all keen about this sudden upheaval The ‘north’ is a place of smoke and fog factories factory workers and tradesmen Margaret brings along some of her preconceived notions and prejudices to Milton I call mine a very comprehensive taste; I like all people whose occupations have to do with land; I like soldiers and sailors and the three learned professions as they call them I'm sure you don't want me to admire butchers and bakers and candlestick makers do you mamma?While in Milton Margaret’s father Mr Hale strikes up a friendship with the self made industrialist John Thornton Margaret and Thornton on the other hand clash immediately But it is through this antagonism that each grows and learns from the other Thornton is a man who at first appears hard and uncompromising Like the others of his profession he remains stolidly apart from his subordinates Margaret eventually befriends millworker Nicholas Higgins and his ailing daughter Bessy whose lungs have been permanently damaged from her work in the factory This newfound friendship changes Margaret from one contemptuous towards the working class to one that becomes an advocate of social justice She has found new meaning to her life From that day Milton became a brighter place to her It was not the long bleak sunny days of spring nor yet was it that time was reconciling her to the town of her habitation It was that in it she had found a human interestWhen Margaret inadvertently becomes involved in a mill workers’ strike organized by the union she and Thornton reach a turning point; yet misunderstandings pride and former sensibilities stand in the way of what seems to be a mutual admiration Margaret’s championing of the workers along with Thornton’s respect for Miss Hale and his recognition of the plight of his employees bring about much needed change The uestion remains as to whether this will be enough for both a lasting harmony between ‘master’ and worker as well as a triumph of love between man and woman that between north and south This is a book that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone that is fond of classic Victorian literature It is a novel of tremendous self discovery and excellent character development – particularly in the protagonists Margaret and Thornton It is an interesting and worthy depiction of the Industrial Revolution in England It did not uite soar to the level of Wives and Daughters for me personally perhaps slightly lacking in the magical charm of that beloved treasure I also love a dash of wit sprinkled into my classic literature as well and did not uite find that here Nevertheless it is a very fine piece of literature and I’m very pleased to have read it I have a copy of the BBC production sitting on my coffee table just begging to be watched I anticipate a huge swoon fest with that one I mean seriously who can resist Richard Armitage? His voice alone is enough to make a fairly reasonable girl turn giddy Maybe an update to the review on that later


  7. Lisa Lisa says:

    Pride and Prejudice wouldn't have been a bad title for this comparative study of English society in the midst of the Industrial Revolution I must say that I was prejudiced against it before starting and have to swallow my pride and admit I was wrongI thought it would be a dry copy cat version of Hard Times as the circumstances of its publication seemed to suggest that But never trust your prejudices that is what I learned from reading this highly entertaining and original story and it also constitutes the enduring message of the unfolding plotA clash of cultures in miniature between the traditional life style and manners of the South and the raw harsh booming manufacturer ways of the North it offers plenty of opportunities to play on different layers of pride and prejudice The charm lies in the fact that each social group has its own code of honour and feels contempt towards all other groups within English society Margaret Hale and her parents representing the South despise the rough and straightforward behaviour of the rich and thrifty manufacturing people and consider their education lacking and their company uninspiringThe North on the other hand represented by Mr Thornton and his family sees the South as lethargic sponging and useless and admires its own masculine strength wealth and actionBoth privileged classes Northern and Southern alike despise simple workers and their ideas as well as servants and women in general That is also reciprocal and Elizabeth Gaskell brilliantly shows the arrogance and pride of workers whose contempt for the manufacturers is just as strong as vice versa Higgins a passionate Unionist takes pride in the organisation of a strike in exactly the same way that Thornton celebrates his ability to solve the issue to his own advantagePride and prejudice all over the place The slowly developing love story is threatened by the same problem Rather than speaking openly to each other both Thornton and Margaret choose to make up their own prejudiced minds on the behaviour of the unconsciously loved antagonist and to proudly refuse any clarification of ensuing misunderstandings until the very endIt sounds uite bleak and the novel certainly does not paint mid 19th century life in idealistic colours but Gaskell offers a solution to the social paralysis on an individual levelWhat breaks the barrier of prejudice? Knowledge As soon as Margaret understands the life of the people in the mill town Milton she learns to respect it When Thornton and Unionist Higgins get to know each other and spend time together prejudice changes into mutual respect based on true understanding of the other person's perspective Knowledge and communication are the best weapons against prejudice in the novel and in real lifeAnd what destroys pride? Love As soon as the characters realise they will lose what or whom they love they are willing to overcome their pride and take a step outside their comfort zone What Higgins refuses to do out of principle he does out of love and compassion And the same applies to Thornton and MargaretIt is possible to argue that Gaskell doesn't find a general solution for the clash of interests during the Industrial Revolution and that she relies on strong personalities to step outside their social boundaries and reach out rather than on creating a social idea that works independently That was my first thought But then I reconsidered and thought that it is precisely individual enthusiasm and willingness to make a change that puts social development in motion No idea and no theory are worth anything without people with an open heart who see humanity in people who are entirely different from their usual environment and social trainingTrue open mindedness starts with understanding the other side and with being curious to learn about new perspectives Individual effort pays off in the long run That is a stimulating and positive message


  8. Katerina Katerina says:

    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 end?Many 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


  9. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    “Oh Mr Thornton I am not good enough''Not good enough Don't mock my own deep feeling of unworthiness” It took Margaret and Mr Thornton 451 pages my edition to reach here and what a journey it was Painful at times and adorable at others Margaret came to the industrial town of Milton from Haleston a village Her father who is a parson took Mr Thornton as his student Soon Margaret and Mr Thornton find themselves on the opposite side of wall which has poor people on one side and rich on the other Mr Thornton realizes early on about his feelings for Margaret but as a proud and arrogant girl she refused to see the utter devotion with which he loves her Later on she came to sense but it was too late by then and she was on her way to other town and thousands of pounds richerMs Gaskell shows us the strife of poor in those days of industrialization when almost everyone was struggling financially in the town of Milton In my she sided with the poor but also showed us the side where rich were eually struggling to meet ends She very cleverly has knitted this love story with social issue of that time Characters have fault but humans are tend to have them and that's what makes this book so dear to me Highly recommended if you can bear the slow pace and the tug of war between rich and poor


  10. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    This third reading brought to my notice that certain opinions that I have formed especially on Margaret's feelings and emotions were based on a misconception and that I have failed to give my full attention to the subtle details that were so cleverly presented To rectify this I'm obliged to amend my original review North and South was my first Gaskell read I read it after watching the BBC TV series and perhaps due to the influence of the TV series got the overall impression that this was a love story However I remember liking the book very much and this prompted me to reread the book But after this second reading I'm surprised to find it is to be otherwise I mean there is still a love story but that is not all It is also about the clash of southern and northern ideas and the clash of the working class and their mastersMargaret Hale full of southern pride finds herself suddenly placed in a northern industrial city Having entertained a strong prejudice against the tradesmen she views the northern mill owners to be similar uncouth men Her pride and the misconceived notions mar her better judgment and she forms an instant dislike for Mr Thornton This dislike was mutual initially but Mr Thornton goes through gradual change; and although he dislikes her haughty ways he slowly learns to appreciate her for her true ualities and falls in love Margaret though not as uickly as Mr Thornton too goes through this gradual change and learns to appreciate who he truly is Gaskell's idea of bringing these two characters as I see is twofold First through these characters one from the south and other from north she shows us how the different views beliefs and misconceptions of the two ends were reconciled The southerners saw the industrial northern cities as noisy smoky and full of uncouth people while the northerners saw the south as full of idle people who lacked action and also depth It was interesting to see how Gaskell expressed these clashing views of both ends through her main characters and the final reconciliation of the two was like a reconciliation of North and South where both sides come to understand and respect their different ways Second is of course for the obvious reason of filling a love story Gaskell has achieved these two folds end brilliantly In my original review which was written after my second reading I have expressed my view that Margaret's and John's story lacked romance that it was one sided on the part of Mr Thonton's and Margaret's feelings and her ultimate realization of her love for Mr Thornton was rather forced This is not so I have misconstrued Margaret's emotions and feelings and have completely missed out on Margaret's subtle gradual change of perception and accordingly her feelings There were words phrases sentences direct and implying which showed Margaret's changes of feeling Even the sighs and the silence in between the lines contributed to the change My inattention to these subtle details has blundered me in my judgment of Margaret and their romance I'm very glad that my third reading has put me out of my misconception On master and hand workman relationship Gaskell stresses the importance of creating an amenable setting between the two classes to achieve greater productivity The observation Margaret makes during a conversation with Mr Thornton and her father that I see two classes dependent on each other in every possible way yet each evidently regarding the interests of the other as opposed to their own neatly summarises the antagonism of the masters and the working class Higgins who represents the working class and Thornton the masters were used by Gaskell to bring out the conflict between the two classes It was very interesting to read the clash of these two classes through these two differing yet strong characters The gradual change of opinion of Higgins and Thornton towards each other not as a workman and master but as human beings and their growing respect for each other shows Gaskell's optimism for better relations of two classes It was an amazing reread and I can honestly say that it is this reading that made me fully appreciate this beloved book PS I wish there were few chapters added by Gaskell after Margaret and John met again on reversing circumstances and declare their feelings for each other I may sound sentimental but I so wanted to read a little than their initial declaration of love


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10 thoughts on “North and South

  1. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    It's Pride and Prejudice for Socialists

  2. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    This will be a uotepic review I don't have time for a long one and this is such a classic that whatever I write won't be good enough There will be spoilers as some of my fav uotes just so you know Thornton and Margaret 3 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 He shook hands with Margaret He knew it was the first time their hands had met though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact He laid her down softly and looking on her pure white face the sense of what she was to him came upon him so keenly that he spoke it out in his pain'Oh my Margaret my Margaret no one can tell what you are to me' 'I dare not hope I never was fainthearted before; but I cannot believe such a creature cares for me''But I know she does not care for me I shall put myself at her feet I must If it were but one chance in a thousand or a million I should do it' 'You look as if you thought it tainted you to be loved by me You cannot avoid it Nay I if I would cannot cleanse you from it But I would not if I could I have never loved any woman before my life has been too busy my thoughts too much absorbed with other things Now I love and will love But do not be afraid of too much expression on my part' How was it that he haunted her imagination so persistently? What could it be? Why did she care for what he thought in spite of all her pride in spite of herself? 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 What shall I do? What do I mean? Why do I care what he thinks beyond the mere loss of his good opinion as regards my telling the truth or not? I cannot tell But I am very miserable Oh how unhappy this last year has been 'Where she had suffered so much' Alas and that was the way in which this eighteen months in Milton to him so unspeakably precious down to its very bitterness which was worth all the rest of life's sweetness would be remembered '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' 'Oh Mr Thornton I am not good enough''Not good enough Don't mock my own deep feeling of unworthiness' My buddy reader Nicole said everything there is to say about the book just beautiful if you want to know just read her review DUCHESS NICOLE'S REVIEWbuddy read with Tea Karen Nicole Cathy Amaryllis and I think there were some people ahahhahah anyway A LOT OF US

  3. Fiona Fiona says:

    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

  4. leynes leynes says:

    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 convinced that they wouldn't end up together like I had mentally prepared myself for Margaret marrying motherfucking Lennox this man can choke boyyy and so you will believe how shooketh I was when I found out that Margaret and Johnny boy would be endgame I mean nothing will top his declarations of love10 HE HAS NO CHILL ‘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 I went there on my return from Havre’ He went to Helstone the place of her upbringing like what? John is a hopeless romantic AND not gonna lie this book turned me into one as well I watched the BBC mini series two times within the span of three days and I need Richard Armitage as John Thornton in my life He can get it any dayApart from my love for my baby boy John North South has to offer a wide range of characters who are all interesting and well fleshed out I particularly enjoyed John's loving relationship to his mother and how much she cared for him and wanted to protect him but also all the drama surrounding the strike and the plight of the workers especially Nicholas and Bessy Higgins were wonderful characters I grew very fond of Dixon is a force of nature and I love her than life itself; the way she cared for Mrs Hale and Margaret was so heartwearming and she was also COMEDY GOLD ‘Bless her’ said Dixon ‘She’s as sweet as a nut There are three people I love it’s missus Master Frederick and her Just them three That’s all The rest be hanged for I don’t know what they’re in the world for’ In general North South featured many moments that I could easily relate to Margaret's disgust at all the men who are interested in her her inability to refuse nicely Margaret being tired all the time She is hands down one of my favorite heroines in Victorian literature Such a strong and self determined woman I will leave you with my favorite moment of hers “He was speaking in a subdued voice as if to her alone She did not wish to be so exclusively addressed She replied out in her usual tone” What A Savage

  5. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    So about 5 years ago a friend and I were fangirling about Jane Austen generally and debating the merits of the various film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth and Elizabeth Garvie from the 1980 BBC version FTW by the way and she says You have to watch this and hands me a couple of DVDs of North and South And I say thank you but I'm thinking to myself well Patrick Swayze was pretty hot back in the day but why on earth is she giving me DVDs of a US Civil War miniseries when all we've been talking about is Jane Austen?So the DVDs got lost in the depths of my entertainment center and I never watched them Then a year or so ago I met some GR friends who were all North and South Richard Armitage and lots of pictures only some of them shirtless accompanied this gushing And very gradually it dawned on me that just maybe my friend had something other than the Civil War in mind with those North South DVDs So I dug out the DVDs and blew off the dust Sure enough they contain Richard Armitage not Patrick Swayze So I confessed to her she got a good laugh out of it and I've actually both watched the DVDs now and read the book which I had never heard of before I joined Goodreads so thanks GR friends North and South was originally called Margaret but luckily Charles Dickens Elizabeth Gaskell's mentor changed her mind It's been called an industrial Pride and Prejudice and that's really not a bad description Most of the characters have pride in themselves and their own piece of English culture and prejudice against those whose ways are different and this is epitomized by the conflict between northern and southern ways of life in the novel Margaret Hale is from the South of England where the landed gentry and aristocracy are based; John Thornton is from the North city of Milton based on Manchester a center of the industrial revolution with self made men and workers who are starting to unionizeMargaret's family is forced by their reduced circumstances to move to Milton when her father dissents from the Church of England and leaves his living as a pastor to become a tutor Thornton a cotton mill owner is one of Mr Hale's students and at first he and Margaret strike sparks off each other in all the wrong ways although Thornton at least is very attracted to Margaret who isn't like any woman he's ever come across before in his life But both of them are prejudiced in favor of their own way of life and against the other's'You do not know the South Mr Thornton' she said collapsing into a determined silence and angry with herself for having said so much'And may I say that you do not understand the North?' asked he with an inexpressible gentleness in his tone as he saw that he had really hurt herWhile much of NS is the story of how these two very different people learn to see their own and their part of the country's shortcomings and gain appreciation for the other person and their way of life there is so much going on in this novel that it would be a real disservice to view it just as a love story Gaskell explores industrialization the unionization movement and the changing lives of all of the characters I could spend a long time talking about how she weaves in themes of prejudice understanding power and a person's duty to those he or she has power over and the roles of women and men in society Let's just say that Gaskell was a very advanced thinker for her time Others have uibbled over the ending of the book and I agree that it would have been nice to read about view spoilerthe relationship of Margaret and John once they finally get together hide spoiler

  6. Candi Candi says:

    Update June 16 2018 I watched the BBC production this past week and it was outstanding I highly recommend pairing the book with the movie While I rated the book 4 stars the entire package of paper and screen is a sure 5 stars The movie adds that extra bit of magic that I found didn't come across as well in the writing alone And the acting? superb Yes I did need to fan myself on several occasions thank you Richard Armitage And that ending sigh About three or four years ago I picked up a copy of Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters on a whim never before having heard of the book or even the author for that matter I know thank goodness for Goodreads or I would forever remain in a state of ignorance I did not expect to become absolutely smitten with both the novel and its characters I immediately placed it on my ‘favorites’ shelf and added numerous other Gaskell works to my list Finally I have gotten around to reading anotherI will start out by saying that I truly enjoyed and appreciated this work of fiction Set in England during the time of the Industrial Revolution North and South tackles some of the major economic and social issues of the time Gaskell earnestly depicts the differences between the north of England and the south of England both geographically as well as through her characters With great insight she portrays the conflicts between the working class and the affluent mill owners the ‘masters’ She is sympathetic to both realizing that each depend upon a mutual understanding in order to thrive I see two classes dependent on each other in every possible way yet each evidently regarding the interests of the other as opposed to their own; I never lived in a place before where there were two sets of people always running each other downMargaret Hale has lived a life of luxury in London with her Aunt Shaw and cousin Edith for some time When she moves back to the relative tranuility and modest living of her parents' home in Helstone she uickly adapts to her new surroundings However when her father decides to leave his position as minister of this small hamlet and uproots the family to the manufacturing town of Milton in the north of England neither Margaret nor her mother are at all keen about this sudden upheaval The ‘north’ is a place of smoke and fog factories factory workers and tradesmen Margaret brings along some of her preconceived notions and prejudices to Milton I call mine a very comprehensive taste; I like all people whose occupations have to do with land; I like soldiers and sailors and the three learned professions as they call them I'm sure you don't want me to admire butchers and bakers and candlestick makers do you mamma?While in Milton Margaret’s father Mr Hale strikes up a friendship with the self made industrialist John Thornton Margaret and Thornton on the other hand clash immediately But it is through this antagonism that each grows and learns from the other Thornton is a man who at first appears hard and uncompromising Like the others of his profession he remains stolidly apart from his subordinates Margaret eventually befriends millworker Nicholas Higgins and his ailing daughter Bessy whose lungs have been permanently damaged from her work in the factory This newfound friendship changes Margaret from one contemptuous towards the working class to one that becomes an advocate of social justice She has found new meaning to her life From that day Milton became a brighter place to her It was not the long bleak sunny days of spring nor yet was it that time was reconciling her to the town of her habitation It was that in it she had found a human interestWhen Margaret inadvertently becomes involved in a mill workers’ strike organized by the union she and Thornton reach a turning point; yet misunderstandings pride and former sensibilities stand in the way of what seems to be a mutual admiration Margaret’s championing of the workers along with Thornton’s respect for Miss Hale and his recognition of the plight of his employees bring about much needed change The uestion remains as to whether this will be enough for both a lasting harmony between ‘master’ and worker as well as a triumph of love between man and woman that between north and south This is a book that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone that is fond of classic Victorian literature It is a novel of tremendous self discovery and excellent character development – particularly in the protagonists Margaret and Thornton It is an interesting and worthy depiction of the Industrial Revolution in England It did not uite soar to the level of Wives and Daughters for me personally perhaps slightly lacking in the magical charm of that beloved treasure I also love a dash of wit sprinkled into my classic literature as well and did not uite find that here Nevertheless it is a very fine piece of literature and I’m very pleased to have read it I have a copy of the BBC production sitting on my coffee table just begging to be watched I anticipate a huge swoon fest with that one I mean seriously who can resist Richard Armitage? His voice alone is enough to make a fairly reasonable girl turn giddy Maybe an update to the review on that later

  7. Lisa Lisa says:

    Pride and Prejudice wouldn't have been a bad title for this comparative study of English society in the midst of the Industrial Revolution I must say that I was prejudiced against it before starting and have to swallow my pride and admit I was wrongI thought it would be a dry copy cat version of Hard Times as the circumstances of its publication seemed to suggest that But never trust your prejudices that is what I learned from reading this highly entertaining and original story and it also constitutes the enduring message of the unfolding plotA clash of cultures in miniature between the traditional life style and manners of the South and the raw harsh booming manufacturer ways of the North it offers plenty of opportunities to play on different layers of pride and prejudice The charm lies in the fact that each social group has its own code of honour and feels contempt towards all other groups within English society Margaret Hale and her parents representing the South despise the rough and straightforward behaviour of the rich and thrifty manufacturing people and consider their education lacking and their company uninspiringThe North on the other hand represented by Mr Thornton and his family sees the South as lethargic sponging and useless and admires its own masculine strength wealth and actionBoth privileged classes Northern and Southern alike despise simple workers and their ideas as well as servants and women in general That is also reciprocal and Elizabeth Gaskell brilliantly shows the arrogance and pride of workers whose contempt for the manufacturers is just as strong as vice versa Higgins a passionate Unionist takes pride in the organisation of a strike in exactly the same way that Thornton celebrates his ability to solve the issue to his own advantagePride and prejudice all over the place The slowly developing love story is threatened by the same problem Rather than speaking openly to each other both Thornton and Margaret choose to make up their own prejudiced minds on the behaviour of the unconsciously loved antagonist and to proudly refuse any clarification of ensuing misunderstandings until the very endIt sounds uite bleak and the novel certainly does not paint mid 19th century life in idealistic colours but Gaskell offers a solution to the social paralysis on an individual levelWhat breaks the barrier of prejudice? Knowledge As soon as Margaret understands the life of the people in the mill town Milton she learns to respect it When Thornton and Unionist Higgins get to know each other and spend time together prejudice changes into mutual respect based on true understanding of the other person's perspective Knowledge and communication are the best weapons against prejudice in the novel and in real lifeAnd what destroys pride? Love As soon as the characters realise they will lose what or whom they love they are willing to overcome their pride and take a step outside their comfort zone What Higgins refuses to do out of principle he does out of love and compassion And the same applies to Thornton and MargaretIt is possible to argue that Gaskell doesn't find a general solution for the clash of interests during the Industrial Revolution and that she relies on strong personalities to step outside their social boundaries and reach out rather than on creating a social idea that works independently That was my first thought But then I reconsidered and thought that it is precisely individual enthusiasm and willingness to make a change that puts social development in motion No idea and no theory are worth anything without people with an open heart who see humanity in people who are entirely different from their usual environment and social trainingTrue open mindedness starts with understanding the other side and with being curious to learn about new perspectives Individual effort pays off in the long run That is a stimulating and positive message

  8. Katerina Katerina says:

    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 end?Many 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

  9. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    “Oh Mr Thornton I am not good enough''Not good enough Don't mock my own deep feeling of unworthiness” It took Margaret and Mr Thornton 451 pages my edition to reach here and what a journey it was Painful at times and adorable at others Margaret came to the industrial town of Milton from Haleston a village Her father who is a parson took Mr Thornton as his student Soon Margaret and Mr Thornton find themselves on the opposite side of wall which has poor people on one side and rich on the other Mr Thornton realizes early on about his feelings for Margaret but as a proud and arrogant girl she refused to see the utter devotion with which he loves her Later on she came to sense but it was too late by then and she was on her way to other town and thousands of pounds richerMs Gaskell shows us the strife of poor in those days of industrialization when almost everyone was struggling financially in the town of Milton In my she sided with the poor but also showed us the side where rich were eually struggling to meet ends She very cleverly has knitted this love story with social issue of that time Characters have fault but humans are tend to have them and that's what makes this book so dear to me Highly recommended if you can bear the slow pace and the tug of war between rich and poor

  10. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    This third reading brought to my notice that certain opinions that I have formed especially on Margaret's feelings and emotions were based on a misconception and that I have failed to give my full attention to the subtle details that were so cleverly presented To rectify this I'm obliged to amend my original review North and South was my first Gaskell read I read it after watching the BBC TV series and perhaps due to the influence of the TV series got the overall impression that this was a love story However I remember liking the book very much and this prompted me to reread the book But after this second reading I'm surprised to find it is to be otherwise I mean there is still a love story but that is not all It is also about the clash of southern and northern ideas and the clash of the working class and their mastersMargaret Hale full of southern pride finds herself suddenly placed in a northern industrial city Having entertained a strong prejudice against the tradesmen she views the northern mill owners to be similar uncouth men Her pride and the misconceived notions mar her better judgment and she forms an instant dislike for Mr Thornton This dislike was mutual initially but Mr Thornton goes through gradual change; and although he dislikes her haughty ways he slowly learns to appreciate her for her true ualities and falls in love Margaret though not as uickly as Mr Thornton too goes through this gradual change and learns to appreciate who he truly is Gaskell's idea of bringing these two characters as I see is twofold First through these characters one from the south and other from north she shows us how the different views beliefs and misconceptions of the two ends were reconciled The southerners saw the industrial northern cities as noisy smoky and full of uncouth people while the northerners saw the south as full of idle people who lacked action and also depth It was interesting to see how Gaskell expressed these clashing views of both ends through her main characters and the final reconciliation of the two was like a reconciliation of North and South where both sides come to understand and respect their different ways Second is of course for the obvious reason of filling a love story Gaskell has achieved these two folds end brilliantly In my original review which was written after my second reading I have expressed my view that Margaret's and John's story lacked romance that it was one sided on the part of Mr Thonton's and Margaret's feelings and her ultimate realization of her love for Mr Thornton was rather forced This is not so I have misconstrued Margaret's emotions and feelings and have completely missed out on Margaret's subtle gradual change of perception and accordingly her feelings There were words phrases sentences direct and implying which showed Margaret's changes of feeling Even the sighs and the silence in between the lines contributed to the change My inattention to these subtle details has blundered me in my judgment of Margaret and their romance I'm very glad that my third reading has put me out of my misconception On master and hand workman relationship Gaskell stresses the importance of creating an amenable setting between the two classes to achieve greater productivity The observation Margaret makes during a conversation with Mr Thornton and her father that I see two classes dependent on each other in every possible way yet each evidently regarding the interests of the other as opposed to their own neatly summarises the antagonism of the masters and the working class Higgins who represents the working class and Thornton the masters were used by Gaskell to bring out the conflict between the two classes It was very interesting to read the clash of these two classes through these two differing yet strong characters The gradual change of opinion of Higgins and Thornton towards each other not as a workman and master but as human beings and their growing respect for each other shows Gaskell's optimism for better relations of two classes It was an amazing reread and I can honestly say that it is this reading that made me fully appreciate this beloved book PS I wish there were few chapters added by Gaskell after Margaret and John met again on reversing circumstances and declare their feelings for each other I may sound sentimental but I so wanted to read a little than their initial declaration of love

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