333–Reconnaissance

Feb 21, 2014 by

We are reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, chapter 4, with many thanks to our reader, Barbara Edleman. Book talk begins at 12 minutes. The first N&S episode is 331.

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  1. Jennifer

    Dear Heather,
    I’ve been thinking about what you were saying about how wealthy, or not, the Hales were, and where they would fit in to the social milieu of the time. I think that, although ministers were poorly paid, they would have been able to afford maids and cooks. Also, as educated and professional people they were considered socially desirable.
    My mother was a minister’s daughter in the Church of Scotland, born in 1921. She remembers her mother having live-in maids, because the household duties of those days were very onerous – no machines! For example, once a year, all the carpets in the manse – a large victorian house – were lifted, hung over the washing line, and beaten.
    Ministers were considered in the top of the social scene in the town. When she and Dad were engaged to be married in 1947, dad’s father was not pleased. In spite of his family being very well off, they were “trade”, (dad’s father was a potato merchant), Mr Clark felt that dad was marrying “above himself”. He refused to attend their wedding in 1949.
    Margaret Hale’s attitude to their social standing was normal for the time, probably confirmed by her time living with her aunt in London.
    I find it amazing that these attitudes survived into the 20th century, even into my own lifetime.
    Jennifer

  2. AH! @WoolyJumpers found the article I stumbled on–about askers/guessers–and it’s at 99u. (http://99u.com/workbook/21895/are-you-an-asker-or-a-guesser)

  3. I feel kind of like I’m asking an embarrassingly obvious question, but I don’t see a way to download this episode. Is it only available for streaming, or where should I click to download? Thank you! I’m loving this new book!

    • You’re not–once I moved the “book talk starts at” line up to the top I stopped doing the extra step of adding the link in! Oops! For a quick fix if I do that again, go to the CraftLit.Libsyn.com site and right click on the “Pod” icon at the top of the episode. That’s always a direct link. I’ll try to remember to keep adding them here, too.

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