& Moira Bianchi: North and South

segunda-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2014

North and South

hot rio chick hot summer in rio
It says 40°C but it feels like 50°C!
it's still mighty hot here in Rio - It'll probably be this hot (or even hotter) untill March - and to chill I've travelled in time in Gaskell's express.

Our next JASBRA RJ meeting will discuss 'North and South' and because it's so pleasant to see a man with a plan, I've returned to Mr Thornton's arms for a while - but not long enough to make Mr. D jealous.

'Thorn' is a dear, he's in my first book 'Friendship of a special kind' as one of Darcy's best friends. Only there he's gay what in no way makes him less endearing.

As I revisit Thorn's and Margareth's story, I can't shake the human engineer eye towards the mills. How hard must it have been to work in a factory at that time... Imagine physical pains and breathing difficulties... Man, we've evolved a lot.

Anyway, here we go. Today's 40th page belongs to:

hot rio chick richard armitage

North And South

Elizabeth Gaskell

Chapter V

page 40

"Margaret needed all Dixon's help in action, and silence in words; for, for some time, the latter thought it her duty to show her sense of affront by saying as little as possible to her young lady; so the energy came out in doing rather than in speaking A fortnight was a very short time to make arrangements for so serious a removal; as Dixon said, 'Any one but a gentleman--indeed almost any other gentleman--' but catching a look at Margaret's straight, stern brow just here, she coughed the remainder of the sentence away, and meekly took the horehound drop that Margaret offered her, to stop the 'little tickling at my chest, miss.' But almost any one but Mr. Hale would have had practical knowledge enough to see, that in so short a time it would be difficult to fix on any house in Milton-Northern, or indeed elsewhere, to which they could remove the furniture that had of necessity to be taken out of Helstone vicarage. Mrs. Hale, overpowered by all the troubles and necessities for immediate household decisions that seemed to come upon her at once, became really ill, and Margaret almost felt it as a relief when her mother fairly took to her bed, and left the management of affairs to her. Dixon, true to her post of body-guard, attended most faithfully to her mistress, and only emerged from Mrs. Hale's bed-room to shake her head, and murmur to herself in a manner which Margaret did not choose to hear. For, the one thing clear and straight before her, was the necessity for leaving Helstone. Mr. Hale's successor in the living was appointed; and, at any rate, after her father's decision; there must be no lingering now, for his sake, as well as from every other consideration. For he came home every evening more and more depressed, after the necessary leave-taking which he had resolved to have with every individual parishioner. Margaret, inexperienced as she was in all the necessary matter-of-fact business to be got through, did not know to whom to apply for advice. The cook and Charlotte worked away with willing arms and stout hearts at all the moving and packing; and as far as that went, Margaret's admirable sense enabled her to see what was best, and to direct how it should be done. But where were they to go to? In a week they must be gone. Straight to Milton, or where? So many arrangements depended on this decision that Margaret resolved to ask her father one evening, in spite of his evident fatigue and low spirits. He answered:

'My dear! I have really had too much to think about to settle this. What does your mother say? What does she wish? Poor Maria!'

He met with an echo even louder than his sigh. Dixon had just come into the room for another cup of tea for Mrs. Hale, and catching Mr. Hale's last words, and protected by his presence from Margaret's upbraiding eyes, made bold to say, 'My poor mistress!'

'You don't think her worse today,' said Mr. Hale, turning hastily.

'I'm sure I can't say, sir. It's not for me to judge. The illness seems so much more on the mind than on the body.'

Mr. Hale looked infinitely distressed.

'You had better take mamma her tea while it is hot, Dixon,' said Margaret, in a tone of quiet authority.

'Oh! I beg your pardon, miss! My thoughts was otherwise occupied in thinking of my poor----of Mrs. Hale."

Dixon would make a lovely Downton character, wouldn't she?

Oh no, silly me... That's not Downton. That's Death comes to Pemberley... My bad... ;)

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