Another wonderful story from Elizabeth Gaskell. Margaret Hale leaves the bucolic south of England and moves to the industrial north, probably Manchester. There she meets the poor, destitute workers and one owner of a mill, Mr. Thornton. Gaskell presents the viewpoints of both sides with sympathy and understanding. Margaret endures many trials in the book, but helps forge an uneasy peace betweem Mr. Thornton and his factory workers. This book along with Mary Barton, deal with the problems that England faced with industrialism. North and South is not as grim in its portrayal of the poor, although there are many deaths for Margaret to mourn. Margaret Hale could be one of the strongest women represented in nineteenth century literature.