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North & South - Chapters XXXI - XXXII

We see the funeral of Mrs. Hale and the need for Frederick’s departure before Mr. Bell arrives. Mr. Thornton’s condolence call illustrates the changes in Margaret’s values and perhaps her feelings when Frederick talks with her about it:

“’Oh only,’ said she, reddening and looking straight at him, ‘I fancied you meant some one of a different class, not a gentleman; somebody come on an errand.

‘He looked like some one of that kind,’ said Frederick, carelessly. ‘I took him for a shopman, and he turns out a manufacturer.’

Margaret was silent. She remembered how at first, before she knew his character, she had spoken, and though of him just as Frederick was doing. It was but a natural impression that was made upon him, and yet she was a little annoyed by it. She was unwilling to speak; she wanted to make Frederick understand what kind of person Mr. Thornton was – but she was tongue-tied.” [page 252 – Chapter 31 – Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot]

I think John has gotten under Margaret’s skin before than she thinks or knows. She obviously looks at him differently then she did when she first made his acquaintance. Yet, she doesn’t truly understand and/or accept how she may feel about him.

We also learn of Frederick’s fiancée, his decision to try to clear his name, and his agreement to go to London to consult with Mr. Lennox.
Liz ♥ ♥

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