Friday, April 9, 2010

"North and South' by Elizabeth Gaskell [5]

Margaret opened the door and went in with the straight, fearless, dignified presence habitual to her.
She felt no awkwardness; she had too much the habits of society for that. Here was a person come on business to her father; and, as he was one who had shown himself obliging, she was disposed to treat him with a full measure of civility.

Mr Thornton was a good deal more surprised and discomfited that she. Instead of a quiet, middle-aged clergyman, a young lady came forward with frank dignity, - a young lady of a different type to most of those he was in the habit of seeing. Her dress was very plain: a close straw bonnet of the best material and shape, trimmed with white ribbon; a dark silk gown, without any trimming or flounce; a large Indian shawl, which hung about her in long heavy folds, and which she wore as an empress wears her drapery. He did not understand who she was, as he caught the simple, straight, unabashed look, which showed that his being there was of no concern to the beautiful countenance, and called up no flush of surprise to the pale ivory of the complexion. he had heard that Mr Hale had a daughter, but he had imagined that she was a little girl.
'Mr Thornton, I believe!' said Margaret, after a half-instant's pause, during which his unready words would not come. 'Will you sit down?'

Set in the mid-nineteenth century and written from the author's first-hand experience,
North and South follows the story of Margaret Hale and her families move from the tranquil but stagnant ways of the southern England to the vital but turbulent north.

The author has cleverly woven together an unusual love story to show how the complex relationships from different classes could survive in this new industrial society.

For all those fans of 'Pride and Prejudice' and Mr Darcy and Elizabeth...
well this is a novel for you.

You'll fall in love with Mr Thornton who is a hard working Cotton Mill owner, and Margaret Hale, who has lived the typical shelter Victorian upbringing. Their story is similar in many ways to Darcy and Elizabeth's, pride, prejudice, and misunderstanding.

A must read for all who love romance.

A little piece of advice...the reading is a little difficult as it's written in there period, but persist,
it's all worth it in the end.

I rate this book 5 stars.

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