"The coffee steamed upon the fire, and altogether the odours were so mixed and appetizing, that Wilson began to yearn for food to break his fast, which had lasted since dinner the day before. If the servants had known this, they would have willingly given him meat and bread in abundance but they were like the rest of us, and not feeling hunger themselves, forgot it was possible another might."
Ch. 6, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
My sister and I have both been reading Mary Barton along with Shelbi @thenobbylife and thoroughly enjoying this Gaskell novel.
You can tell Gaskell experienced first-hand life in Manchester among the working class. She writes so poignantly about the poverty and depth of loss these people experienced but also of the compassion and sense of community these people gave to each other. They actually gave each other the shirt off their own backs when they themselves were in desperate need.
Above you can see my copy of Mary Barton as well as the journal where I jot down quotes or thoughts about the books I'm reading! I feel as if I'm constantly writing down quotes from this book! Gaskell's writing is so beautiful. #marybarton2018