The Question and Answer section for North and South is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Mr. Bell was Margaret's godfather. Margaret was heir to his estate. Had he been a younger man, I think he might have broached marriage. None-the-less, he quickly became aware that she loved someone else.
Does this question refer to the novel North and South?
Margaret changed her mind because with her inheritance and return to London, she finds Thornton who is suffering a great loss of money. While visiting his lawyer, Thornton also discovers that Margaret never had the lover he'd believed she'd had,...