North and South

North and South

by

Elizabeth Gaskell

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Maria Hale’s gruff but loyal maid, who sees Mrs. Hale’s marriage to Richard Hale as the great downfall of Mrs. Hale’s life. She says that she loves Mrs. Hale, Frederick, and Margaret, but no one else in the world. She resents Mr. Hale for spending so much time studying and thinking rather than doting on Mrs. Hale. She remains Margaret’s maid after Margaret returns to London.
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Chapter 5
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...She retreats to her room and finally lets go of her own self-control, crying until Dixon comes into the room some time later. Dixon is indignant about Mr. Hale’s “turning Dissenter... (full context)
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...She brightens, however, when she comes up with the plan to settle Mrs. Hale and Dixon at Heston, a seaside town, while she and Mr. Hale search for a house in... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Margaret undertakes a lengthy search for a servant to assist Dixon and finds it a very different experience from hiring respectful young girls from Helstone school.... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...could meet with—enemies, winds, or circumstances.” But, despite her reluctance to see him, Margaret helps Dixon prepare for the guest. (full context)
Chapter 16
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...firstborn, Frederick, however, her relative calm is shattered, and she dissolves into violent hysterics. With Dixon’s help, Mrs. Hale is finally calmed enough to sleep, and Margaret and Dixon discuss Mrs.... (full context)
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After Margaret leaves, Dixon says to herself, “Bless her!...There are three people I love; it’s missus, Master Frederick, and... (full context)
Chapter 21
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When Margaret and Mr. Hale get home, they are met by an anxious Dixon. Dr. Donaldson is there; he has given Mrs. Hale an opiate to relieve terrible spasms,... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Later, Dixon comes in and tells Margaret that Mary Higgins has come with the news that Bessy... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Margaret and Dixon, meanwhile, discuss the possibility that Frederick might soon arrive and plan how to keep his... (full context)
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...Margaret is impressed by the way Frederick channels his energies into helping his parents and Dixon. However, Dr. Donaldson proves correct, and within a couple of days, Mrs. Hale rapidly worsens... (full context)
Chapter 31
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As Margaret helps Dixon in the aftermath of Mrs. Hale’s death, she has no time to cry—while Mr. Hale... (full context)
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When Margaret briefly gives in to weeping, Dixon, not unkindly, tries to brace her up by pointing out that Margaret has been lucky... (full context)
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That evening, Dixon confides to Margaret that she doesn’t think it’s safe for Frederick to stay any longer.... (full context)
Chapter 33
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After the funeral, Mr. Thornton approaches Dixon to ask how Mr. Hale and Margaret are doing. He is disappointed to hear that... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...doesn’t appear for an expected lesson that evening. Instead, a subdued Higgins shows up, to Dixon’s disgust: “Why master and you must always be asking the lower classes upstairs, since we... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Margaret falls into a state of physical exhaustion from the shock of Mr. Hale’s death. Dixon and Mr. Bell discuss what’s to be done about Margaret and decide to write to... (full context)
Chapter 47
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Dixon returns from Milton and takes her place in the Shaws’ household as Margaret’s maid. Margaret... (full context)
Chapter 51
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One summer evening at Harley Street, Edith, looking for Margaret, complains to Dixon that “I’m always expecting to hear of her having met with something horrible among all... (full context)