The Question and Answer section for Mary Barton is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Esther's role is that of a mentor. Her purpose in returning to Manchester is one of experience and love. She is determined to save Mary from her own mistakes..... to guide her on a happy path and reveal the effects of her own choices. Esther,...
A Mill owner who rose from factory work to wealth and prominence. He is initially a cruel and harsh employer, but changes his worldview after his son, Harry Carson, is murdered.
I'd like to think I would have given it every consideration. But based upon the time in history and Mary's behavior, people far more intelligent and discerning than myself were convinced of her guilt.