No, I haven't disappeared! Just haven't found time to post lately. Firstly, I've decided to change my blog name. !!! I just think Margaret is too young for me ;-) so I'll be changing my name to Elizabethany--a cross between Elizabeth(Bennet) and my real name, Bethany.
Secondly, I'm getting a leetle bit tired of updating separate pages, so I'll be working on changing those too.
Thirdly, this post was supposed to be a movie review of North and South. I LOVE IT!! And I love the book too.......I will be comparing the movie and the book quite a bit. We borrowed the series from a friend. I was wondering why the cover said John Thornton was "charismatic." Is he charismatic????
Anyway. Set in early- mid-1800's England,the main plot is that Margaret Hale, her mother, father and servant Dixon are moving to the northern town of Milton, leaving their paradise-like Southern country vicarage home after Mr. Hale has resigned his position as a clergyman in the Church of England. The book didn't really explore what he had doubts about.....the movie tried to explain it, which was helpful to understand why Mr. Hale would uproot his family. Margaret, who has been living with her rich aunt and recently-married cousin, returns to her home, Helstone, only to find that she is leaving it. Her cousin's brother-in-law, Henry Lennox, pays a visit and proposes to her. Margaret declines as she does not love him.
When they arrive in Milton, her first impressions of the place are unfavourable, especially after witnessing Mr. Thornton, the owner of Marlborough Mills, beat a worker for smoking. That was NOT in the book. I don't think it should have been in the movie either. Anyway, it certainly prejudices Margaret against him! The family gradually adjust to life in Milton, although Mrs. Hale soon becomes ill. Margaret meets Nicholas and Bessy Higgins, a mill worker and his daughter, and finds unlikely friends in them. Mr. Thornton's mother and sister Fanny visit the Hales but are not disposed to befriend them. The Miltonians regard the Hales as the upstart and prideful family of a renegade clergyman. Their only friend is their landlord, Mr. Bell. Mr. Hale gives lectures to earn money, and Mr Thornton is one of his most diligent pupils. Secretly, Mr. Thornton begins to admire Margaret, although she greatly dislikes him. The mill workers unite and plan a strike, tired of their low wages. The strike is led by Nicholas. Meanwhile Bessy is dying of a lung illness. Mr. Thornton brings in Irish workers to supply the place of the strikers, causing an uproar.
|I love this scene!!|
|Margaret, Frank Churchill and Mrs. Rose-- I mean Frederick and Mrs. Hale|
|Fanny. Is. Hilarious.|
|Nicholas and Bessy Higgins|
"OHH!! Miss Hale!!"