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“I wish I could tell you how lonely I am. How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and unkindness. I think God has forsaken this place. I believe I have seen hell and it's white, it's snow-white.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“I know you despise me; allow me to say, it is because you don't understand me.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Oh, Mr. Thornton, I am not good enough!'

'Not good enough! Don't mock my own deep feeling of unworthiness.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
tags: love
“One word more. You look as if you thought it tainted you to be
loved by me. You cannot avoid it. Nay, I, if I would, cannot
cleanse you from it. But I would not, if I could. I have never
loved any woman before: my life has been too busy, my thoughts
too much absorbed with other things. Now I love, and will love.
But do not be afraid of too much expression on my part.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
tags: love
“Margaret was not a ready lover, but where she loved she loved passionately, and with no small degree of jealousy. ”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“I choose to believe that I owe my very
life to you--ay--smile, and think it an exaggeration if you will.
I believe it, because it adds a value to that life to think--oh,
Miss Hale!' continued he, lowering his voice to such a tender
intensity of passion that she shivered and trembled before him,
'to think circumstance so wrought, that whenever I exult in
existence henceforward, I may say to myself, "All this gladness
in life, all honest pride in doing my work in the world, all this
keen sense of being, I owe to her!" And it doubles the gladness,
it makes the pride glow, it sharpens the sense of existence till
I hardly know if it is pain or pleasure, to think that I owe it
to one--nay, you must, you shall hear'--said he, stepping
forwards with stern determination--'to one whom I love, as I do
not believe man ever loved woman before.' He held her hand tight
in his. He panted as he listened for what should come. ”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“He shrank from hearing Margaret's very name mentioned; he, while he blamed her--while he was jealous of her--while he renounced her--he loved her sorely, in spite of himself.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
tags: love
“But the cloud never comes in that quarter of the horizon
from which we watch for it.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“But the future must be met, however stern and iron it be. ”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“He shook hands with Margaret. He knew it was the first time their hands had met, though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“He could not forget the touch of her arms around his neck, impatiently felt as it had been at the time; but now the recollection of her clinging defence of him, seemed to thrill him through and through,—to melt away every resolution, all power of self-control, as if it were wax before a fire.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is, even at the worst time of all, when I had no hope of ever calling her mine...”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“I dare not hope. I never was fainthearted before; but I cannot believe such a creature cares for me.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Loyalty and obedience to wisdom and justice are fine; but it is still finer to defy arbitrary power, unjustly and cruelly used--not on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of others more helpless.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life....My precept is, do something, my sister, do good if you can; but at any rate, do something.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Those who are happy and successful themselves are too apt to make light of the misfortunes of others.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Take care. -If you do not speak- I shall claim you as my own in some presumptuous way. -Send me away at once, if I must go; -Margaret!-”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Yes! He knew how she would love. He had not loved her without gaining that instinctive knowledge of what capabilities were in her. Her soul would walk in glorious sunlight if any man was worthy, by his power of loving, to win back her love.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Come! Poor little heart! Be cheery and brave. We'll be a great deal to one another, if we are thrown off and left desolate.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Oh! that look of love!" continued he, between his teeth, as he bolted himself into his own private room. "And that cursed lie; which showed some terrible shame in the background, to be kept from the light in which I thought she lived perpetually! Oh, Margaret, Margaret! Mother, how you have tortured me! Oh! Margaret, could you not have loved me? I am but uncouth and hard, but I would never have led you into any falsehood for me.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“He loved her, and would love her; and defy her, and this miserable bodily pain.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“A girl in love will do a good deal.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“I take it that “gentleman” is a term that only describes a person in his relation to others; but when we speak of him as “a man” , we consider him not merely with regard to his fellow men, but in relation to himself, - to life – to time – to eternity. A cast-away lonely as Robinson Crusoe- a prisoner immured in a dungeon for life – nay, even a saint in Patmos, has his endurance, his strength, his faith, best described by being spoken of as “a man”. I am rather weary of this word “ gentlemanly” which seems to me to be often inappropriately used, and often too with such exaggerated distortion of meaning, while the full simplicity of the noun “man”, and the adjective “manly” are unacknowledged.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“No one loves me, - no one cares for me, but you, mother.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“He is my first olive: let me make a face while I swallow it.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“As she realized what might have been, she grew to be thankful for what was.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“It seemed as though he gave way all at once; he was so languid that he could not control his thoughts; they would wander to her; they would bring back the scene,- not of his repulse and rejection the day before but the looks, the actions of the day before that. He went along the crowded streets mechanically, winding in and out among the people, but never seeing them, -almost sick with longing for that one half-hour-that one brief space of time when she clung to him, and her heart beat against his-to come once again.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“Wearily she went to bed, wearily she arose in four or five hours' time. But with the morning came hope, and a brighter view of things.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
“What could he mean by speaking so, as if I were always thinking that he cared for me, when I know he does not; he cannot. ... But I won't care for him. I surely am mistress enough of myself to control this wild, strange, miserable feeling”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

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