Well what do we have here...
I admit, I had some trouble getting into this section of North and South. I finished last week, all gung-ho, and then...well, the book just sat. Staring at me. What went wrong?
The politics. It never fails. I think that authors, generally speaking, have trouble sharing their politics without using a character to go on this lengthy diatribe. And poor Mags, her ignorant self gets shoved right smack in the middle. Mr. Thorton is all, those wretched workers...why can't they just do their job; don't they know that we're doing the best we can. And then Mags is all like, but you need to treat them like your equals; they look up to you (Okay well that might be pushing it...but she does throw out there that maybe if he just TALKED to them and explain where he's coming from while his retort is somewhat sound: do you tell your servants why?!?). Then Bessy's dear old dad seems to be a leader of sorts in the working class Milton men. He's very much: we're going to stay firm because LOOK THEY CAN'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US so we're going to STRIKE. Mags is the most heartfelt toward Boucher, who claims starvation even though they just seem to be pretty poor at managing their money.
This whole strike which then leads to the riot? Does Mags have rocks in her head to tell Mr. Thorton to go outside and talk to the men rallying against him? Duh. Guess we didn't see a rock getting thrown their way.
But now, let's talk about lurrve cuz there's some gush-worthy scenes. I was pretty surprised that Mr. Thorton would go on and on in such a romantic way about how unworthy he is of Mags love even while his mom is berating her (at least internally). And speaking of Mrs. Thorton, what a monster-in-law she would be. There were a handful of times I was expecting a little bit of a cat fight. And there are some minor creepy issues going on between mother and son aren't there? I mean, I hate to be this twenty-first century jaded woman but WHAT IS UP with their codependency? I **get** that Mr. Thorton stepped up to the manplate when his dad offed himself but seriously? "no one loves me - no one cares for me but you mother" Uhhhh?
My favorite line that just drove me to hysterics? "tears forcing themselves in his manly eyes" Bwhahahaha. Someone please tell their hubs, bf, so, they have manly eyes and then TELL ME their reaction.
Finally an uncertainity:
? Why is Mags against schools? I thought she was for EDUCATION? Explain please.
And a dare !
Go up to someone close to you and tell them that they're not attractive. How do they react? Better yet tell them that they were an ugly baby. Seriously. What is up with these Victorians.