The Journey Home
This is a continuation of the story of North and South, many years after the last meeting between Margaret and John. In 1854, Margaret was living with her aunt and cousin in London after the death of her father earlier in the year. John Thornton comes to dinner at Harley Street as a guest of Henry Lennox, and Margaret hears of his failed business. With Henry's assistance, Margaret comes up with a scheme to loan Thornton the money to restart his mill. In this story, Margaret does not keep the appointment with Thornton, flees to Spain, and leaves it to Henry to tell Thornton about the loan. It is now 1862 and Margaret must return to England, to start over again once more. Although the BBC adaptation of North and South is a favorite, this story is based on Mrs. Gaskell's novel, which did not end at a train station, it ended in a London parlor, much the same way the book began. Apologies for not having a train scene; however, inferences to actor Richard Armitage as John Thornton are simply unavoidable.