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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Prompted to reread by an aside in Pen Vogler’s excellent Scoff. Drawn in by the utter hideousness of Margaret’s parents (Mr Hale’s loss of faith, inability to explain, and his sudden demand that Margaret break the news to her mother that they’re to up sticks to the chimney stacks of Milton makes for compelling hate-reading), stayed for the fate of our unconventional heroine. If you ignore the last two pages, there’s a fittingly unconventional ending to be had…

Also fascinated by the timing of the novel - within living memory of the Civil War, set in the industrial revolution, contemporary with the American Declaration of Independence. And with a lot more insight about the industrial economy than you might expect from a serial romantic drama.

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Reading Progress

July 31, 2021 – Started Reading
July 31, 2021 – Shelved
August 28, 2021 – Finished Reading

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