February 5, 2015

North and South {and the Train Station Scene}



So I found this post the other day. It's regarding the "infamous" train station scene at the end of the North and South miniseries. And since we're going to be watching it Friday night, I thought I'd share with my readers! The author has an interesting view on the scene. One I hadn't really ever thought about. Because while I love the scene (I rewind and watch at least three or four or ten times every time I watch the series, I confess! ;), I've always thought that it probably wasn't true to the time period. Which I am okay with, believe me! But still. What do you think?



16 comments:

  1. I watched this scene last night and it was perfect! I couldn't stop smiling. I should probably watch it again.

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    1. I so agree! It's absolutely wonderful. I rewatch it often! :D

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  2. I haven't seen the scene yet since I haven't watched the mini-series yet. I look forward to it, though, since I didn't like the ending in the book too much. :)

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    1. I'm so pleased you ended up liking it, Jenni! It's certainly a way better ending than the book, in my opinion. :)

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  3. Oh, I like her take on it! Interesting indeed!

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    1. That's exactly what I thought, Suey! :)

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  4. I really like her take, and I definitely didn't find it out of character for either of them. Thornton, as she says, is impulsive, and Margaret repeatedly defies convention when she believes what she's doing is perfectly okay.

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    1. I do too, Hamlette. I hadn't ever thought about it like that, but it makes so much sense. Combine his impulsiveness with her non-conventionality and we end up with a scene that feels exactly right for both of them.

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  5. It was an interesting piece and I ten to agree with it, they are both pretty impulsive sometimes and I can buy they were just so happy to see each other when they thought they wouldn't

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    1. I can too, Alex. With both of their personalities, and with both of them suffering for missing each other desperately, that scene plays out very normal for them.

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  6. The article made a great point about how their personalities (him having that streak of impulsiveness and her marching to the beat of her own drum) were the types that would totally support that train station scene (which I LOVE). I find it interesting that the screenwriter would have this moment outside because technically, yes, such an open display of affection--even as tender and beautiful as theirs--would be considered scandalous. Maybe it's just further highlighting that Margaret and Mr. Thornton's personalities and emotions are too strong to contain, even for societal standards. Or maybe it's just the screenwriters' way of giving us that romantic moment that we viewers love. Either way, I totes appreciate it ;)

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    1. Oh, ME too, Sandy! I absolutely LOVE that scene! :D

      And this: Margaret and Mr. Thornton's personalities and emotions are too strong to contain, even for societal standards that's it right there. Even if the screenwriters were just wanting to give a modern audience what we desired (which I don't mind AT ALL ;), it makes so much sense that Margaret and Thornton's happiness to know they were loved by the other would have caused them to not even care what society thought about them in that moment. Both do tend to display their emotions near the surface most of the time and their reactions throughout the story proves this.

      Regardless, I did like this take on the scene! And I never tire of the scene in general. ;D

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  7. I think this was a very interesting take on the scene that I hadn't considered. While she makes good observations about their characters, however, I still don't think either of them would have shed convention to the point of making a public scene such as the director did in the mini-series. It was probably playing to modern audiences, similar to several scenes from the version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley. Being the modern woman I am, however, I will love these scenes no matter what!

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    1. The writer definitely had a unique take on the scene, didn't she? I'm not 100% convinced about it, but I admit that I DO like to imagine what she said. Whether or not, Margaret and Thornton would have really done this, I can agree that I love this scene absolutely! Maybe that's just me being a romantic and modern woman, but I just love it!

      Thanks for your thoughts, Hannah! I love analyzing stuff with you. :)

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  8. Personally, I find the scene a bit far-fetched, since Thornton, though impulsive, strongly values reputation and would not want to further endanger Margaret's. The kiss on the ride back to Milton, though, I can totally believe. And even if the train scene isn't true to the times, it still makes me sigh and smile!

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    1. That's a good point, Melanie! After all that they've been through and all he's done for her, he wouldn't want to endanger her reputation at all. But regardless if it would've actually happened, I admit that I love the scene whole bunches! It makes me sigh and smile as well! Every single time I watch it. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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