The BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic novel North and South is as beautiful as it is long, but what I enjoy about it most is the story of acceptance and love.
The story line goes like this: the heroine, Margaret, moves with her disgraced father and sickly mother away from her childhood home in the pleasant south of England to the cold and industrious north. While there she befriends a dying mill worker and her father, and finds out what the lives of working people really are. The mill owner, Mr. Thornton, grows to love the hot-headed young woman but she refuses his advances, embittered by the harsh way she thinks he treats his workers. After one misunderstanding after another he proves his love for her in actions, protecting her from many things she gets herself into. However when she finally realizes that he is worthy of love he has been so hurt by her actions that he no longer wants to be with her.
The separately go through their own losses and discover that the only thing holding them apart is pride. When they seem to be separated forever they both take a journey to return to who they really are, and find each other along the way.
The happy ending is well worth watching the four part mini-series, but the thing that got me most is the unselfish love and trust. Margaret follows her father without explanation to a strange land because she loves him. She trusts a rough and rude mill worker for the love of his dying daughter. She even learns to trust the hard and unforgiving Mr. Thornton as he proves over and over again his love for her, even when it is not reciprocated.
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