Richard Armitage as John Thornton

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Online Talk: John Thornton – A Gentleman?

He loved her and would love her: and defy her and this miserable bodily pain.‘ North and South, 1855

Our popular North and South season continues as we ponder the appeal of mill-owner and hero John Thornton. Beyond his good looks (and those of Richard Armitage who played him so well in the BBC TV adaptation), what is it about John Thornton that continues to attract? How did Elizabeth Gaskell reveal his inner life and why does he remain relevant to readers and audiences today? Join writer and journalist Caroline Malcolm-Boulton as she considers why we all love John Thornton and asks the question, is he a gentleman?

Part of the North and South Season

Wednesday 7 September, 7-8pm

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7th Sep 2022

7pm - 8pm

A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851