Mr Thornton or the resolution defeated

If i wasn’t actually up at this ridiculous time of night preparing for work meetings tomorrow and doing all sorts of planning stuff i’d be up writing about North & South. But what actually happened is that instead of doing work this afternoon i gave into temptation and watched episode 2…. and then i totally caved and thought i’d only watch 5 minutes of episode 3 and then turn it off.

So much for my well planned out resolutions.. 12,30am i was just finishing it, including interview extra. All those wonderfully planned out strategies about how to draw out the watching… out the window they went!

Being this bad means however than once done with preping the early meetings i will actually have to go to bed.

I blame it all on that proposal scene!!!

So just a few quick thoughts for now ( i haven’t even taken the DVD out of the player and i did actually watch that proposal scene 3 times!.. yes, that’s how bad i really was)

All wonderful caps from RichardArmitagenet (thanks for providing the very necessary quick fix for this late hour :))

Utterly shocking way to meet the man! I think i was as frightened and as appalled as Margaret herself! Although i did actually see it coming when i saw the man with a pipe, just didn’t expect the physicality of it. Will have to come back on all the reasons why this was so startling. But why it also was a revelation and went against all my expectations in a good way 🙂

I so didn’t see that proposal coming! i mean i got it once his mum put it so bluntly, but it seemed so far fetched and you just knew how wrong this was going to go… from strike to passion in a stone’s throw, literally 😉 How out of depth she was with his passion, she didn’t even listen to what he was saying. I struggled with his Northern accent in this (as good an excuse as any for watching it 3 times ;-))

you have only 1 guess as to what i was doing watching this…and that’s all i’ll say about it for now.

Where the hell were you Margaret?????


But this is not all i enjoyed, i liked the stories and felt as torn as probably many between the striking workers and Thornton and there are many characters i liked. There was lots of death and suffering, a lot of superficiality and though some conflicts seem to have been resolved too easily or too quickly i do feel it took a realistic stab on representing the times and lives of people in those times (even if somewhat glossed over).

5 thoughts on “Mr Thornton or the resolution defeated

  1. I am half envious here, following how you are watching this wonderful piece of film for the first time… Trying to imagine what it must be like to watch this with all your senses already tuned into Mr A as the embodiment of Thornton (my first encounter was before I became infatuated with RA – and did *not* have the infatuation effect at all :-D).
    It’ll be interesting to hear you expand on the far fetched-ness of some plot events, the superficiality and the conflict resolution etc. I have never cared very much for Gaskell’s N&S, tbh, and the TV adaptation suffered from the same problems that the book does. (Now, don’t kill me, that’s just a personal opinion….)


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