Re-reading North and South
When I read this novel first, I disliked it because of Margaret Hale. When characters of my namesake, it’s harder for me to forgive stupidity (and in her case, complete oblivion and prejudice against her soul mate). But now I see her as a much stronger character than before.
“I was quite sorry Miss Thornton came to take me to the other end of the room, saying she was sure I should be uncomfortable at being the only lady among so many gentlemen. I had never thought about it, I was so busy listening; and the ladies were so dull, papa—oh, so dull!”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South, page 167
Maybe now I can watch the BBC miniseries, once I finish the book of course.