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Chapter Twenty-Two   The Ball concluded, and many people were making their way to the arched doors. Margaret was walking with Adam, Fred, and Bessie behind her, Nicholas behind them. John Thornton and another Master were exiting the attendees. Margaret heard him explain that the coach names would be called out as they pulled in … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C22

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Chapter Twenty-One previous chapter “Miss Hale, I believe this is our dance?” John asked as he stood. “Let me check my dance card, sir.” She smiled. As he escorted her to the floor, Margaret felt weak. All her courage was draining away with every step. She began to shake. “Margaret, do I find you nervous?” … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C21

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Chapter Twenty   Adam Bell escorted Bessie from her door to his carriage. Upon entering, she sat next to Margaret and they began holding hands as if to bolster each other’s courage of their anticipated experience. As Adam looked on at the two lovely young ladies, he began to feel very old. They were giggling … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C20

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Chapter Nineteen (previous chapter)   “I don’t really know. I just said it. We aren’t going to fight over this, are we?” “Did you direct that statement at me because of jealousy; because she possesses that one thing that you do not?” “John? What’s wrong with you? Please, let’s not get into trivialities.” “It is … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C19

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 Chapter Seventeen   “You look very pretty, dear sister.” “Indeed, she does,” replied Richard Hale. “Thank you, both.” Fred thought he spotted a nervousness to her. Her face couldn’t quite work up a smile. “Any advice, Fred?” “Are you seriously asking me that or are you humoring me?” “I think I’m serious,” Margaret said as … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C17

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Chapter Sixteen     John timidly knocked on the Hale’s door early that evening. Dixon answered the door. “Is Miss Hale at home?” “Please come in. Would you care to wait here or in the sitting room?” “I shall wait here.” Sitting down with her second cup of tea in her bedroom, Dixon announced to … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C16

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Chapter Fourteen On the drive home, John had to wonder if he had an aversion to marriage or not. Several times women had assumed he would be proposing soon and he had to extricate himself from that thinking. He may have wished to continue seeing that lady but clearing the misconception always lead to a … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C14

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Chapter Eleven     “Margaret, tell me that note was lesson-related.” “Fred this is lesson-related. I think a walk through a mill will give me a better understanding. I can see all I should know from the current Profit and Loss statements, but being all men, there could be more.” “That makes no sense at … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C11

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Chapter Nine     John was looking at his Profit and Loss statement when Nicholas came into the office. “Good morning, John.” “I think it will be,” John answered without looking up. “What have you there?” Nicholas hung his coat. “I am just looking over our profit sheet and comparing it to the few notes … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C9 & C10

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Chapter Eight “Mother, I would like to introduce Miss Margaret Hale.” “Welcome, Miss Hale. I have heard much about your teachings this past week.” “I will leave you two to your tea. I must return to work.” It wasn’t missed by John or his mother the look of disappointment on Margaret’s face. He’s leaving? “Miss … Read moreBrotherly Love – A North and South Novel with John Thornton – C8