"What could he mean by speaking so, as if I were always thinking that he cared for me, when I know he does not; he cannot. … But I won’t care for him. I surely am mistress enough of myself to control this wild, strange, miserable feeling "
“You are mistaken. You don’t know anything about the south. It may be a little less energetic in its pursuit of competitive trade, but then there is less suffering than I’ve seen in your mills. And all for what?”
"When you give a character such a dark center, a damaged inner life; when you give them the potential for redemption, I think everybody is sort of attracted to them.They feel that there’s a journey to go on. I think we feel a need to see them through the journey. "
"Margaret liked this smile; it was the first thing she had admired in this new friend of her father’s; and the opposition of character, shown in all these details of appearance she had just been noticing, seemed to explain the attraction they evidently felt towards each other. "
"Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on? "
"One has come to claim the kingship again at last. Here is Aragorn, son of Arathorn, chieftain of the Dúnedain of Arnor, Captain of the Host of the West, bearer of the Star of the North, wielder of the Sword Reforged, victorious in battle, whose hands bring healing, the Elfstone, Elessar of the line of Valandil, Isildur’s son, Elendil’s son of Numenor."
She fell asleep, hoping for some brightness, either internal or external. But if she had known how long it would be before the brightness came, her heart would have sunk low down.
- North and South, Chapter 8
I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is, even at the worst time of all, when I had no hope of ever calling her mine.
"He shrank from hearing Margaret’s very name mentioned; he, while he blamed her—while he was jealous of her—while he renounced her—he loved her sorely, in spite of himself. "
"Growing up, my parents managed to show me the importance of reading without cramming it down my throat. A difficult task, I’m sure. It breaks my heart to think that there are kids out there, ready to have their imaginations lit on fire, excited and wanting to read, and facing naked shelves in their school or local libraries. Rather than complan or wait till the system stops failing out nation’s children, this is a matter I feel we must take into our own hands. There are children, right now, waiting - wanting to read. What shall we tell them?”
- NATHAN FILLION (kidsneedtoread.org)