Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Four – From bad to worse Margaret found her husband staring at his idle looms in the empty weaving hall of the mill. John had been there all day since the workers had gone on strike at two pm. The day had been gloomy and cold, as if to match the Master’s mood, and … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-Four

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-Three

Chapter Thirty-Three – And then the looms fell silent The minute Dixon walked into the large basement kitchen, the maids stopped their idle chatting and hastily bent over their work again. From the day Miss Adelaide Dixon had taken residence in the Thornton’s household, now four months ago, she had imposed her undisputable authority onto … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-Three

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Two – One blissful moment of truce Margaret hid her face against John’s shoulder and giggled when he swept through their bed room door. He kicked the door shut and put her down next to their bed. With a solemn expression on his handsome face, he began undressing her, not saying a word but … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-Two

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-One – Up to the task again It was New Year’s Eve. Snow still shrouded the town in a thick layer of white, softening the harshness of Milton’s greyness. People’s hardship, however, was festering under it. The infirmary was being overflowed with miserable, sick folk, the largest part of them mothers with small children … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty-One

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty

Chapter Thirty – Margaret Thornton of Marlborough Mills It was now three days since John had been stabbed. The day after the murderous attempt he developed a high fever without even regaining consciousness. Dr. Donaldson had taken residence at the house because he had his hands full with the patient. Hannah was at John’s side … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirty

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Nine

Chapter Twenty-Nine – Fighting for dear life Wallpaper by Heathra on Richard Armitage Net.com Dr. Donaldson turned to Margaret and Hannah as soon as they had laid John onto the pristine kitchen table. Mary took Hannah’s place at his side to keep hold of the severed vein. “Ladies, I want you to leave us to … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Nine

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Eight – From the depths I cry to Thee, oh Lord, hear my pleas for mercy Higgins slowly pushed open the office door and lifted his lantern. He drew in a sharp breath when he saw John, collapsed on top of his books, a dark puddle at his feet. The irony smell of blood … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Eight

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Seven – Ultimate Disaster Margaret felt much better after she had a little rest. Despite Dixon’s protests she got up from her bed and went to the parlour where she sat down at her escritoire to catch up on the infirmary’s log books. After having discussed it previously with Mary they had agreed on … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Seven

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Six – No Rest For The Righteous The Spiteful One was watching Marlborough Mills from an advantageous and concealed position. She had to be on her guard because John Thornton was by now growing desperate. He had already turned the factory upside down three times and still he was not giving up! She hated … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Six

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Five

Chapter Five – Despair How could she do this to him? John paced the parlour in a desperate way, after his mother told him Margaret was missing, and the question kept forcing itself onto his mind. How could she put him into such anxiety when she knew how much he worried about her and their … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twenty-Five