Those Women !



A lot has been said and written about Mr Darcy and Mr Thornton, as no other character has been able to make vibrate the hearts of so many readers, all I dare say, to such an extent like them.These two men have often been considered quite alike, and not without reasons, in fact, I have to say that more than once, Elizabeth Gaskell seems to wink at Austen’s masterpiece in North and South. However, if we have motives to say that the two male protagonists follow quite the same pattern in the narration, the same cannot be affirmed for their wives-to-be, as they feel and act differently. Once overcome the question of prejudices according to the different settings and situations of the novels, Margaret and Elizabeth will eventually marry their chosen partners, of course, but only when we analyze closely those matches, we do understand how different the nature of the two heroines is.

I have already dealt with Miss Bennet in other posts, but I want to reiterate my interpretation having here the chance to make a comparison between characters.
Let’s start. Why does Elizabeth marry Darcy? For love? Maybe. For money? To be sure. Of course you’ll be turning up your nose at this point howling sacrilege and you would feel like reminding me the touching, explanatory letter that Darcy writes to Lizzy after he had been rejected, as the seed from which the flower of their love will grow and blossom and you would be right, but it is a seed and a very small one if compared to the sight of Pemberley. While visiting the grand house of the man she had so proudly refused, Miss Bennet is all of a sudden haunted by a thought, a fastidious fly that buzzes in her head :”I could have been mistress of all this“. That buzz does not seem to be willing to leave her. In fact, from that moment on, that hateful, disdainful, haughty, proud Mr Darcy will magically appear to her under a different, benign light and Miss Bennet will consent to be more yielding and ready to flirt. Would you call it love? Sort of.  But please, don’t get me wrong, I have the highest regard and even envy for those who manage to marry so well, I just wanted to remark that marrying Darcy with his 10.000 a year and half of Derbyshire, Elizabeth improves her station a lot and love must have found its way eventually, I am sure. The path was smooth after all.

When Margaret reunites to Mr Thornton, the latter is no longer a catch, he has lost everything (but his scowl) . Besides, Margaret in the meanwhile has become rich and has inherited Mr Thorton’s mill and house too, thus making him her insolvent tenant. This downfall reminds me of Jane Eyre’s pattern. Thornton like Mr Rochester must face the humiliation of defeat and loss. When  Margaret and Jane come to their rescue, they will do it as independent women, as even Charlotte Bronte endows her heroine with a fortune, a family and connections as well. They embody somehow a new prototype of woman, a modern character who is allowed to choose freely rather than hope to be chosen to secure status or reputation.Of course, in times when still the only way a woman could achieve a dignified and safe place in society was through marriage, an inheritance was that stroke of luck that loosed her laces and set her free. Free to marry even a man even in reduced cinrumstances like Mr Thorton that, at the time being, will have nothing to offer her but his deepest love and……..his mother’s resentment.


71 thoughts on “Those Women !

      • I think that is difficult to compare the two stories, because these stories are different from each other. Most of the readers, after reading and watching the two stories, probably think that Elizabeth’s love can be influenced by Mr. Darcy’s wealth. But isn’t this a prejudice? According to me, in both stories there is true love.

    • in my opinion we can see the big difference between these two iconic women precisely in the reason why they decided to get married, surely Lizzy was influenced by the imposing Pemberly and by the idea of ​​becoming the mistress of all that, marrying a man who started the story as a rich man and finished it as a rich man, without having ever worked but only thanks to his status as a gentleman. By marrying him she raised her rank and saved her family, while Margaret did it all forlove, in fact she initially fell in love with a man who was never a gentleman or the stereotype of “good party” of the time, he used his hands to work, unlike Mr. Darcy and married him even though he lost everything at the end of the story.

  1. You did convince me before of Lizzie’s mixed motives, so I no longer howl with protest. Anyway, still have good intentions to continue exploring “those women” in 19C literature, so thanks for chipping away at this theme, Stefy!

    • I’m afraid this post was a sort of spoiler if you still mean to read North and South. I could not resist comparing the two ladies’ attitudes. Miss Ann will be the next very soon. 🙋

      • No problem, Stefy — a well written novel quite often draws you along even if you’re aware of the plot outline. And sometimes the cover blurb suggests the likely outcome even while not being explicit!

  2. I know that Elizabeth Bennett does not have to marry a man with £10,000 a year and such a palatial home, but Jane Austen is always aware of the potentially perilous future that awaits young women in her day, if they do not attract a suitable match. And Lizzy is one of five! So I suppose that if she is disposed to fall in love with someone, then Darcy is a lucky catch who happens along at the right time. What interests me too, is that Austen speaks up for the desirability of love as part of the equation, at a time when that was by no means always the case… see Charlotte Lucas as an example.

  3. I’ve not read the books but am familiar enough to handily make stupid comments.

    It’s my impression Darcy’s money is not the result of his fruitful work, but rather consists of “old money,” meaning inherited. That makes for another interesting observation . . . inherited wealth — not personally earned — results in one character (Darcy) getting that which he covets while allowing another character (Margaret) the freedom to choose.

    Another interesting thing is that the love the heroines enjoyed was also unearned (to my harsh eyes). In that respect, they are heroines by virtue of being main characters in the books, and not so much for their personal traits.

    Side note: that a depressing thought on its own; you don’t get to fulfill your desires/dreams through hard work and perseverance, but rather by the luck of one’s birth into an existing fortune. Also, you can be selfish and insensitive to the needs and pain of others, but it all works out for you in the end. It’s no wonder the American narrative (flawed as it is) of reward through hard work is attractive to so many.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if when it came to romance novels the goals, the prize, would be just the relationship without the trappings of physical beauty and wealth? It seems a lot of romance narrative is often intertwined with a step up in either social or economic status and indeed disparity in either physical attractiveness or economic status (or both) often is central to the romance theme. Then again, who wants to read “and they lived in poverty and ever after endured financial struggles as a result of their singularly unattractive appearance.”

    • Oh, but there is such book: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. They are both unattractive, he loses most of his belongins in a fire and she actually inherits a fortune , but it is small and she shares it with the other members of her family.

    • ugh! . . . that’s what I said; who’d want to read that?!

      As a writer — and wannabe published writer — I’m interested in what people “want” from books while, at the same time, I have my own ideas as to what it should be. There’s very little I write that doesn’t incorporate some aspect of romance in the plot, but it’s rarely the focus.

      I wrote one post on “Romance” asking for feedback on a sample of three short stories and got positive feedback on the way I write romance/relationships, but my readership is small (although varied).

      Ultimately, everything is subjective to one’s own experiences and aspirations and fantasies/desires but there too we have the influence of both classic and trashy examples of the genre. I can’t say whether that’s good or bad.

      • In my opinion the stories actually are pretty similar, the mainly difference most be on the reason of the marriage, in fact mrs.Elizabeth doesn’t marry Mr.darcy just for love, obviously she likes him, but that is not the reason of her choice, she choice him for his money, instead Margaret married Thornton after he has lost all his belongings, so she was actually looking for the true love.

  4. I agree with you about the difference of behavior of the two heroines. Certainly Elizabeth does not marry Mr. Darcy just for love, but I like thinking it is not like that… unfortunately I am an incurable romantic. For what concerns Margaret, I believe she completely embodies the values of modern women… we can say that she is quite emancipated for that time. Surely her marriage with Mr. Thorthon is the consequence of love, in fact she chooses him despite he has lost everything.

  5. I agree with you about the different point of view of marriage between Margaret and Miss Bunnet. I think that it’s an unhappy fact that women had to marry somebody just to ensure their reputation. It’s so strange because now,fortunately, we are independent and marriage is always for love. Margaret represented a modern woman that believes in love and who wants to create a personal asset. I admire her courage to be different.

  6. Perhaps Miss Austen endowed her heroine with more than one reason. A character is entitled, you know. Or maybe we will never know the real reason. Could it be that the reason Jane’s characters live on is that the author created characters that allow us to see ourselves in them.

  7. I love Margaret for the way she’s able to save Mr Thorton’s life. She is a woman who acts, she decides, she’s brave. She’s the protagonist and she changes her life. I think that this is the way we should behave, we shouldn’t let men be the protagonists of our lives.. 🙂

  8. I think Mr. Darcy and Mr Thornton are similar, but only if you consider the fact they are both in love with hard to get women, who prejudge them. But while Darcy startes and finishes the story as an extremely rich man, Thornton loses everything he had: his job, his source of money. So, the two men are very different under this point of view. Their first approach towards the loved women is also different: Darcy doesn’t propose, but he gets rejected because Elizabeth wants to revenge her pride (she was snobbed by Darcy); Thornton proposes because he feels “bounded in honour” after Margaret protected him, but he gets rejected because he isn’t a gentleman. Instead, I agree with the idea that Elizabeth married for convenience, Margaret married for love.

  9. Not going to lie, I read this post before watching the last episode of north and south so the post was a spoiler to me. Not a problem, I already imagined that Margareth would have married Mr. Thorton. Well I see some differences between the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, and the story of Margareth and Mr. Thorton. I definately like Margaret and Thorton’s story more, because in my opinion there is real love. I am not saying that Elizabeth does not love Darcy and the other way around, but I think she married him for convenience because Darcy was rich, I assume we all believe this. But the love between Margareth and Mr. Thorton is more powerful. Even if Thorton lost everyfing starting from his job, he is “saved” by Margareth because she makes him worthy, and Thorton, proposing to her, gain pride, but also love.

  10. Altough Lizzy’s and Margaret’s stories are very different, they do have some things in common: they both have prejudices towards Darcy and Thorton. They play hard to get and reject their men, but in different ways.
    If I had to pick one of them, I would definetely go for Margaret: she changes and “saves” Thorton’s life. She saved him when he was in trouble and married him for love even if he lost everything.
    On the other end, despite the fact that Lizzy loves Darcy, especially after that explanatory letter, she married him for convenience.

  11. For me this post describes well the new role of women . Before, women could not be indipendente, they had to think loook after their household.  Their freedom was a threat to the social order.
    Then women were free to marry the man they loved and not wait to be chosen.

  12. I think that the relationships of these two couples don’t follow the same pattern .
    Of course there are a few similies between them but, there are also some differences. I think that Elizabeth married Mr. Darcy mainly because he was rich; I am not saying that there was no love between the two but, it was a sort of “facilitated choice” for Elizabeth.
    Whereas I think that the love between Margareth and Mr. Thorton was deeper as, he lost everything and so the choice fell on Margareth. In this case she became “indipendent” and proved her love. This is a new image of a woman who gains her rights. This is a big difference between the love of the two couples.

  13. The protagonists of North and South and Pride and Prejudice resemble each other in several ways. I believe that the main difference in the two reports is at the end. I think Elizabeth realizes she was wrong to reject Mr Darcy’s marriage proposal only after seeing Pemberley. Margaret, on the other hand, decides to marry Mr Thornton despite the fact that he has lost everything. By saying this I do not mean that Elizabeth does not love Mr Darcy, I believe that Margaret’s love is stronger and more true than what Elizabeth feels.

  14. At first, when I read “Pride and prejudice “, I thought that there was love between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth. But after reading the other post, I realized it was just a “sort of love”. In fact, at the time, it was customary for a woman to seek a good match. On the other hand her life and reputation would depend on that. So I can understand why Elizabeth fell in love with Mr Darcy.
    Instead, the love between Margaret and Mr Thorthon is “true, pure”,because in this case Margaret is not one of those women had to marry somebody just to ensure their reputation. She is rich and free to marry anyone just for love, like a modern woman (and I loved this).

  15. I’ve been reading the comments and my take-away from them is . . . one is an example of golddigging and the other of mutually beneficial personal and business transactions.

    Neither appears to meet even the minimal qualification of the love formula.

    . . . kind of glad I gave them a skip . . .

    • Sorry . . . too snarky.

      It’s just that the comments appear (to me) to struggle in justifying the relationships. In the context of the times, perhaps they are what romance was. By modern (my standards) the foundations of the relationships are pretty thin.

      • Oh, Emilio, I’m trying to show them the world of romance and enjoy two beautiful love stories and you drop by to shatter everything!! You naughty boy!😩😂😂

      • Oh . . . I mean . . . yes, yes . . . true love hath no greater examples than these two wonderful stories about love so pure as to blind the sighted and give sight to the blind.

  16. 594/5000
    Mr Darcy and Mr Thornton are two almost alike men, for only one tiny detail , that is, Darcy is born and remains a very rich man, while Thornton loses everything. Consequently, the opinion on their respective wives also changes … Lizzy who, although I do not like this solution, I think she accepted Darcy’s proposal mainly for convenience and little love, while Margaret is an objective fact that it is exclusively about love since she was the rich person (she had just become very rich by inheritance) and Thornton was in a very difficult financial time.

  17. I believe that the two stories are similar, but with two different depths. Personally I loved the story between Elizabeth and mr Darcy more because I found it more profound. Elizabeth and Darcy besides prejudices, they yelled at their hatred, and then instead yelled at their love. I found their deepest story in the fact that they both put down their weapons and managed to change their ideals, unwittingly, for the other person. Mr thorton and Margaret also went through a process of change and growth but I found it less profound. In any case, I believe that both couples got engaged for love and not for money. Surely there would have been complications if mr Darcy had been poor or Margaret had not become rich, but I also believe that somehow, sooner or later, both couples would have met. I believe in destiny and if two people love each other, in one way or another, in a short time or after years and years, they will be able to be together.

  18. I agree with what I have just read. I liked the love story between Margaret and Thornton. For me, it’s a more true story. For once, it isn’t a woman who has to ‘use’ marriage to enrich herself but a man. Furthermore, in this case they both realise that this is an honest love. Thornton had made the proposal when Margaret had nothing yet, and she at once accepts that she has a lot.

  19. I agree with you too, I think the two couples’ relationships started very similarly, both women,Elizabeth and Margaret, were prejudiced and openly despised their future husbands.
    Personally I preferred the story between Margaret and Mr Thornton. I think it is more realistic, referring to those years.
    Another difference between the two male protagonists is that one, Mr Darcy was born rich and will always be, while Mr Thornton has built his fortune and will later lose everything.

  20. I do agree with what you just said. I think Mr.Darcy and Mr.Thornton are quite alike. I love their personalities even if they have different stories. But if you think about it, their future wives are quite different. I now understand that Lizzy’s motive was a mix between love and money. Margaret instead fell madly in love with Mr.Thornton. She did not care at all about John’s heritage. I really like Margaret’s character. She represents a modern, successful and self-confident woman. She was able to safe Mr.Thornton’s life without asking for anything in return except love. In my opinion, the planet would be a better place if all women were like Margaret 🙂

  21. It’s nice to compare these two stories that are apparently similar but different at the same time.
    Mr. Darcy and Mr.Thornton seem to have the same character and destiny in the story: to be initially rejected.
    Mr. Darcy is what you can call a gentleman while Mr. Thornton is a businessman who loses everything at the end of the story. Consequently, I agree to see the second story as a truer love and unaffected by money.
    Margaret couldn’t be attracted to the man’s money because she finally decides to grant him her love when he becomes poor and even she helps him thanks to her heritage.

  22. Every TV adaptation, even the most faithful one too, has few changes if we compare it to the original text, that is why I can’t offer a total and organic view of the matter, as I have watched only North & South BBC drama series.
    Nevertheless, I agree with you about the comparison of the intensity of the sentiment of love in the two romantic involvements. Maybe this perceived difference is caused by the year of publication of the novels: Pride and Prejudice (1st edition in 1813). Jane Eyre (1847) and North & South (1855), thus the latter one, according to a human temporal logic, should have learnt more than a lesson by two previous romantic novels. Besides, the world changes constantly and the historical-environmental contexts are very important for the modern readers’ reception of the work. I find this literary situation about a single genre and its multiple ramifications very stimulating to look for other similar – in my opinion – circumstances in the history of literature. They could be called “synoptic readings” (in the number of three).
    For example, there could be an assumed case of “synoptic readings” among dystopian novels of twentieth century: Brave New World (1932), Nineteen Eighty-four (1949) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953). Obviously this one is a daring comparison: perhaps George Orwell didn’t read Aldous Huxley and so my conjecture has no foundation.

  23. Again, it’s interesting reading the comments and what people think happens in the books . . .

    But, let’s ask different questions (leaving aside, for a moment, that this is fiction).

    Would Elizabeth have married Darcy had he no money?
    Would Margaret Have married Thornton had she no money?

    To my mind, calling Margaret an “independent” woman is a bit of a stretch. Like Darcy, she didn’t “earn” the money. Sure, the money afforded her a measure of latitude and freedom unavailable to Elizabeth, but that doesn’t necesserily translate into true love (according to the love formula).

    So, now, let’s ask one additional question . . .

    Would Elizabeth have married Darcy if she’d been independently wealthy?

    . . . and then one more . . .

    Had Thornton been wealthy and Margaret not so much, would her ‘love’ come under the same scrutiny as Elizabeth’s?

    I’m not trying to disparage either story, but they are stories and stories often present a different picture of things than what reality might offer because the writer is trying to please an audience. Sure, there may be an underlying message, social commentary, even, but all for naught if only a few eyes land on the words.

    These books (and stuff I like and read) offer readers the world they want to see . . . like, you know, politicians, and should perhaps be taken with the same grain of salt.

    That said, there is no question these books (and what I read) offer enjoyment and escape from reality to their readers . . . and perhaps even motivate them to creating that reality. But, you can’t fight reality too much.

    • Sorry, e-thinkerbell . . . I can’t resist responding to the comments I’m reading. I should, perhaps, unsubscribe from comments as a way to resist interfering in the enjoyment of others. Ask, and it shall be done.

    • For what concerns “independence” one pattern of the story is similar to that of Jane Eyre. Both heroines marry two strong men whose manhood and power has been vastly reduced eventually( either for economic or health reasons) and they both inherit. They actually don’t need them and choose to marry as free women. Quite unusual for that time.

  24. I think there are differences between Elizabeth and Margaret’s marriages. Certainly in the 2 marriages there is a great love, but Margaret’s love is completely sincere compared to the Elizabeth’s love. She is influenced by Mr.Darcy’s money. Margaret is more emancipated.

  25. I agree with you about the two relationships are similar, in fact Margaret and Elizabeth initially refuse Mr.Darcy and Mr.Thorton. The difference is that Elizabeth hasn’t married Mr.Darcy only for love, but also because he was rich, while Margaret fell in love with Mr.Thorton after he lost everything.

  26. I don’t think that these couples have the same story. Just the fact that Margaret married Thorton for love, and that Lizzy married Darcy for convenience makes a very big difference on their stories. Surely there are some things in common, like the prejudices that Lizzy and Margaret have on Darcy an Thorton, or the fact the both of them rejected their men. I don’t really have a favourite couple because honestly these stories didn’t take me that much.

  27. In pride and prejudice and in North and South we’ve 2 important male characters and 2 important female characters.

    Starting to talk about the male characters, I agree the fact that Darcy and Thornton have almost the same role in the plots. But from the social point of view they’re two completely different men: the first is a rich man coming from South, he doesn’t work and he has great ownership; the second one is an industrialist of the North, he earns his living by working and he’s the owner of a factory. Two completely different persons.

    Yet, there’s a word that binds them together: gentleman. For the southern civilization, Darcy was a gentleman: he has noble breed, he has good manners and he seems respectable. He has all the characteristics of a gentleman. Thornton was also considered a gentleman by the civilization of the north: just think about his mother’s attitude towards him, or how Margaret’s opinion changes in the plot.

    Speaking, instead, of the female protagonists it cannot be said that they have the same role. They’re completely different, both from social and functional points of view. It’s true, Lizzy isn’t independent, she is not rich. Instead, Margaret can do what she wants because she becomes rich at the end of the story.

    This difference is visible also in the two love stories. Jane Austin’s story is not lead by true love. We know, unfortunately, that Lizzy has another reason to marry Darcy instead of love… In Elizabeth Gaskell’s story we can say that Margaret and Thornton fell in love crazily about each other.

  28. The contrast between the two women is so evident since Elizabeth gets married just for convenience while Margaret uses conveniency for affairs. How it is showed in the final scene she feels a really different feeling for him

  29. I agree that there are some sort of similarities between the two marriages but they’re quite different from each other’s.
    Mr. Darcy’s wealth played, of course, its part in making Elizabeth fall in love with him and in her decision to marry her. Margaret, on the other hand decides to marry Mr. Thornton no matter of his wealth (she marries him after he loses everything). This shows a lot about Margaret and tell us that her love is more genuine than Elizabeth’s.

  30. I think that the two stories are very similar to each other and also the characters. Both Elizabeth and Margaret didn’t like Mr.Darcy and Mr.Thornton, but at the end they ended up marrying them.
    The thing that’s different between the two stories is the end and the little difference of the reasons of the two marriages. In North and South Margaret is the one that’s rich and doesn’t care about Mr.Thornton financial situation. Instead, in Price and Prejudice Elizabeth is in love with Mr.Darcy but she’s also interested in his money, so that’s why at the end she accepted his marriage proposal.

  31. I think that in both stories there is love, but expressed and interpreted in different ways. Elizabeth for sure loves Mr. Darcy… and his money. Their love story in some way acts out smoothly: in some way or another they find themselves every time. The love between Margareth and Mr. Thorton is for sure, with no doubt a deeper love. Margareth’s love for Mr. Thorton is pure and sincere. Even though their situation was rough as he lost everything, she became independent and gained all of her right with her hands.

  32. Surely both “Pride and Prejudice” and “North and South” have a lot of common points. It’s also possible to say that the latter emulated some aspects of Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Still, “North and South” decided to explore a different part of love romances: true love.
    The former image of a Gentleman loses some of its power thanks to Thornton’s prowess as a love interest for the main character, Margareth. Beyond the concept of breed and earthly possesions, it gives a chance to lovestruck youngsters to realize their love.
    Instead of giving a sense of industrialization, the foggy weather of Milton gave the dreamy enviroment necessary to the realization of Margareth and Thornton’s love.

  33. I also think the two stories are very similar, but there are small but significant differences. Either way it is certainly true love, but I think Elizabeth’s love, which is certainly a strong love, for Mr Darcy, has been influenced by his wealth. On the other hand, Margaret’s love for Mr. Thorton definitely “exploded” when he became poor. I definitely appreciated Margaret’s love more.

  34. the loss of innocence undoubtedly stuns and Margaret initially feels disoriented, confused and totally distant from that reality. Living there, however, in the famous north, represented only in gray and black tones, symbol of the industries, poverty and cruelty that distinguish it. She has always lived in the “world of fairy tales” in the south, in the fields, with her family members, and in an environment that seems truly enchanted compared to the cold north. Growing up in the North slowly, she transforms, collides with hard reality and she evolves, becoming an ideal of a strong woman, productive and independent, who can choose herself. At the same time she really loses a lot, particularly troubled by the loss of her family members..

  35. I thought pride and prejudice was a pretty nice love story but nothing compared to North and South. The love between Lizzie and Darcy, in my opinion, could never be as strong as the love that binds Margareth and mr. Thornton; and that’s why they’re a couple in which no one depends on the other and where feelings are genuine. Well for the ones who are up to vicious gossip the common idea is to think “mister Thornton was almost broke when he told Margareth he wanted her” but what was going on between them already started when the one in good financial conditions was him and not Margareth instead

  36. I personally preferred “North and South” as a story because I believe, like many others probably, that Margaret’s can be defined as true love as she has never looked at Thornton’s possessions but always looked at him as a person. On the opposite, I am pretty sure that Lizzy was influenced by Mr. Darcy’s possessions and I am not fully convinced that hers is a sincere love.

  37. The two stories are very similar but personally I was passionate and I loved the story, in my opinion of strong love between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, with this I am not taking anything away and I am not denying that the story between Margaret and Mr Thorthon is not “a strong love ”that can be compared with that of Elizabeth.

  38. I agree with her. I like to compare these two stories that in some aspects are very similar and in other aspects not. The two protagonists are very similar but their wives have many differences. In my opinion the second story talks about a strong love regardless of money while in the first one I believe that money and power have a rather high value.

  39. I agree that the two women are very different. Surely Elizabeth did not marry Mr. Darcy just for love, but as a romantic person and a lover of happy ending, I want to think that it was not so. Margaret,instead, embodies the values ​​of a modern woman, but the most important thing is that she chose Mr Thornton really for love, despite his money, which he had lost by the way.

  40. In my opinion, the two love stories, and then the two marriage, where similar in some respects, but at the same time, they were different, for quite a lot of points.
    First of all, the two story are located in different sites, North and South is set in a city, so in the north of England, meanwhile Pride and Prejudice is set in the rural world of England, or better the south.
    The second point is that Mr Darcy and Mr Thornton were a different kind of man: Darcy was a gentleman, in fact he had good manners , he was civilized, he didn’t work because he came from the upper classes, he was breed; on the contrary Mr Thornton was a factory owner, he had to work, he had his hands covered in blood, because he was a bad person, he enslaved his worker, he kick and punch them several times.
    The third point is the fact that Mr Darcy and Mr Thornton at the end of the story where in different economical situation: Darcy begins as a rich man, and end as a rich man; Mr Thornton starts a rich man and end loosing everything, being an almost poor man.
    Forth point is the different reason why Mr Darcy and Mr Thornton ask Elizabeth and Margaret to marry them: in fact Darcy at the beginning ask Elizabeth to marry him, because he was in love with her; Thornton, the first time, ask her to marry him only because she protect him from a rock throw during a rebellion, and then, the second time, he ask to marry him because he was truly in love.
    And the fifth and last point is the reason why Mrs. Elizabeth and Mrs. Margaret accept to marry them (obviously in my opinion): Elizabeth accept for three main reasons, first of all because he was a Gentleman, the second because deep down she likes him, and the third main reason is because she raise her rank, marring him. Meanwhile Margaret accept to marry him only because of love, in fact when Mr. Bell die, she left him all his money and the land where the factory was build.
    So in my opinion Darcy do love Elizabeth, Elizabeth don’t like Darcy at all, but his money; Margaret do loves Thornton and Thornton don’t like Margaret at all but mostly because he was bound to, even if maybe just a little, everybody loves each other.

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