North and Sourh
Posted by Constanza on June 29, 1998 at 14:10:58:
In response to You too are persuasive..., written by gkb on June 28, 1998 at 00:26:50
Many of Mrs. Gaskell's novels are on-line at the Celebration of Women Writers site and I meean to read more of them.
I hope Cranford is included!. It is a darling of a novel.
a frenzy of Novel-Reading lately --quite a vortex of disspation!
Shame on you GKay! ;-)
] North and SOuth was much more than a love story, was it not?
Indeed it was! You have all the social questions (a new emerging burgoise class colliding with the old gentry and the lower classes, the process of adaptation to be underwent by said gentry), the moral issue (John viewing "the hands" as mere tools and his later realization of their being human beings, Margaret despising of John because he is not a landowner), the religious problems (Margaret's father revaluation of his religious principles and all the ensuing consequences), all those Victorian conventionalities (remember John's mother distress and moral indignation on learning Margaret was walking with an unknown gentleman!!!), etc. etc. etc.. Not to mention the personal development of the main characters, which may be compared to that of Darcy and Elizabeth (though in this case, riches and class are dissociated, and it is woman the one blinded by prejudice.
Oh! I could go on for ages! North and South happens to be one of my favourite novels!
- Cranford gkb 12:11:59 6/30/98 (2)
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