Around 400 pages
Now that the wacky celebration we had for post 100 is over, we can get back to reality here, if everyone's hangovers aren't too bad. I actually thought we would break the good book streak at first with this one but I ended up really liking it. I guess I am storing up a mega rant for Dickens.
Jem Wilson is in love with Mary Barton, but she dreams about marrying the rich, dashing Harry Carson. Of course, women are silly, simple creatures and often can't make up their minds. Mary really does love Jem, but after rejecting him once she can't say she likes him until he says it again, since men like to do the courting. I really can't judge though since I haven't had a successfully relationship
Let's start with what I hated since one of my favorite things to do is complain. Mary is an incredibly annoying character who is frequently described as honorable and beautiful. Translation: she is an obnoxious brat who uses the people around her. Additionally, Gaskell seemed to be trying so hard to make us feel sorry for the poor that it bordered on sappy.
However, this was an interesting story, even if Gaskell can't hold a candle to the Bronte sisters style wise. I actually gasped at one development and found the character of Harry very entertaining. Still, certainly not the best we have seen here.
Gaskell wrote this novel to distract herself from the death of her son.
UP NEXT: Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.