After the death of his wife and the disappearance of one of his daughters, millworker John Barton hopes for a better life for his daughter, Mary. Young and lovely, Mary has caught the attention of the son of a wealthy business owner, Carson. Soon after setting her mind on marriage to Carson, Mary begins to realize her true feelings lie with Jem Wilson, an intelligent young man who is quietly, but passionately, in love with her. As Mary navigates the difficulties of a working-class life, Jem’s life is put in danger, and it is up to Mary to find a way to rescue him.
Cousin Phillis" (1864) is a novella by Elizabeth Gaskell originally published in four parts, though a fifth and sixth part were planned. The story is about Paul Manning, a youth of nineteen who moves to the country and befriends his mother's family and his (second) cousin Phillis Holman, who is confused by her own placement at the edge of…
Author Elizabeth Gaskell penned Mary Barton after witnessing the devastating effects of the industrial revolution on the working class in England. Similar in theme to her popular novel North and South, Mary Barton combines a political message along with a sincere and touching love story.
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