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fjdaoifhdiusaofhduoasfhudoipf huoid hfauosp hfiuosHale treated all his fellow-creatures alike- it never entered into his head to make and difference because of their rank He placed a chair for Nicholas stood up till he at Mr Hales request took a seat and called him in variable Mr Higgins instead of the curt Nicholas or Higgins to which the drunken infidel weaver had been accustomed But Nicholas was neither an habitual drunkard nor a thorough infidel He drank to drown care as he would have himself expressed it and he was infidel so far as he had never yet found any form of faith to which he could attach himself heart and soul Margaret was a little surprised and very much pleased when she found her father and Higgins in earnest conversation each speaking with gentle politeness to the other however their opinions might clash Nicholas -- clean tidied if only at the pump-trough and quiet spoken -- was a new creature to her who had only seen him in the rough independence of his own hearthstone 288 Gaskell presents Hale as the ideal He sees the man before he sees his social position the person behind the title Margaret held extreme prejudices against the North particularly against the tradesmen at the beginning of the novel Now she truly appreciates her fathers fairness Later in the book she teaches Mr Thorton that all men are created equal Gaskell attempts to pass that same idea on to her reader Like Gaskell Charlotte Bront illustrates the harmfulness of distinctions between class though in Jane Eyre she does so on a much more limited level One can see simply from the plot of the story that she intends to nullify the differences between the various social circles The story line charts the progress of Jane as she starts at the bottom of the social scale as an orphan living off her aunts charity and eventually with virtuous integrity keen
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