Length: 521 pages
First Published: 1854
When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction.
Quotes from North and South
I know you despise me; allow me to say, it is because you do not understand me.
A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
But the cloud never comes in that quarter of the horizon from which we watch for it.
Those who are happy and successful themselves are too apt to make light of the misfortunes of others.
About Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell was an English novelist during the Victorian era whose works include North and South, Wives and Daughters, Mary Barton, and The Life of Charlotte Brontë. She died in 1865 at the age of 55.