“N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 40 (R-rated, S): Romantic Partners Times Three, March 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #534)

“North & South:  John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 40 (R-rated, S):  Romantic Partners Times Three,  March 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace  (Post #534)

aaaN&SJohnThorntonLoveLessonsFanFicCoverDec2913GratianaLovelace-256x401(An original fan fiction copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace;   All rights reserved; Based on the Elizabeth Gaskell novel, North & South and its 2004 BBC adaptation; No copyright infringement intended)

[I will illustrate my story using my dream cast from the 2004 BBC production of “North & South” and other actors for additional characters:   Richard Armitage for John Thornton, Daniela Denby-Ashe for Margaret Hale, Lesley Manville for Mrs. Maria Hale,  Tim Pigott-Smith for Mr. Richard Hale, Sinead Cusack for Mrs. Hannah Thornton, Jo Joyner for Fanny Thornton, Brendan Coyle for Nicholas Higgins, and Graham McTavish as Dr. Cameron Ogilvy, Holliday Grainger for Angharad Ogilvy MacIntosh, Simon Woods for Baird Ogilvy, and Emma Ashton as Mrs. Dillard, John Light as Henry Lennox, Tim Faraday as Watson, Gillian Anderson at Carlotta Quint Watson, and Jeremy Northam as Dr. Miles Houghton, etc]   [(1) story logo]

Author’s Mature Content Note:  “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons” is a story with mature themes of love and relationships set within a period drama of the 1850’s and beyond.  As such there will be heartfelt moments of love and sensuality (S)–as well as other dramatic emotions, including some violence (V)–and I will rate those chapters accordingly.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read that chapter.  This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous chapter:  Newlyweds Hannah and Cameron Ogilvy return home to Milton early on Tuesday April 1st to find their living quarters redecorating still in progress and that Margaret has been faint in her fifth month of pregnancy.  Rushing to Thornton Manor, they find her resting comfortably in her husband’s arms. And upon Margaret discovering that Hannah and Cameron are planning to stay at the hotel, she promptly invites them to stay at Thornton Manor.  Cameron is a bit chagrined because he would like privacy with his beloved wife–and John agrees with him. But when Fanny and Baird’s parting is related to Hannah and Cameron, the four of them resolve to be supportive of Fanny at this sad time.  And tonight’s dinner at Thornton Manor with Dr. Miles Houghton–Dr.Cameron Ogilvy’s new medical practice partner who is interested in Fanny–should be an interesting affair.

“N&S:  John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 40 (R-rated, S):
Romantic Partners Times Three

When Dr. Miles Houghton arrived at Thornton Manor for dinner around 7 o’clock the Tuesday night of April 1st, he had not anticipated that Cameron and Hannah Ogilvy would be present–let alone them staying at Thornton Manor when their intention was to stay at the Milton Mayfair Hotel until the private living quarter rooms renovations in their medical practice building were complete.  So now Miles faces four pairs of inquisitive watchful eyes as he converses with Miss Fanny Thornton before dinner as they look out the window at the night sky. The others are standing or sitting a respectful distance away in the sitting room.

Trying to find a neutral topic of conversation, Dr. Houghton relies upon etiquette and its standard topics. Everyone is dressed in formal evening wear attire which helps to aid in one acting formally and with reserve.DrHoughton-informalwear-isJeremyNortham-in1995sEmma_Mar2314JeremyNorthamBlog_tumblr_lwlu0eu4ml1r3wwzpo1_500-sized-tealcurtains

Dr. Miles: “Miss Fanny, It was so kind of your brother and sister-in-law to invite me to dine en famille this evening. I have missed being with family.”  He smiles [(2) right] cordially at her.

Fanny:  Continuing to gaze absentmindedly out at the starry night, Fanny replies graciously as is expected of her–but her heart is not in it.  “Yes, John and Margaret are always welcoming of others.”

Fanny thinks back to how fond they were of Baird–how fond she was of Baird–and she Fanny-is-JoJoyner-intheNorth&South_11h04m47s104_Jan1214GratianaLovelaceCap-crop-sized-shrp-clr-brt-masktohead-rev-tealoval-drktears up, but refuses to let them fall.  She believes that she has been entirely too emotional this past week and she needs to regain some equilibrium.  Fanny [(3) right] is even wearing what had been her favorite party dress.  But even its copious and overdone trimmings cannot brighten her mood.

Dr. Miles: “Will you pardon me, Miss Fanny, if I observe that you are perhaps a little sad this evening?  If there is anything I can do to help, I will gladly offer you my aid.”  He gazes with compassion upon her upturned countenance and sees the tears brimming in her eyes. “Oh! I have upset you further by speaking too forwardly.  My deepest apologies.”  He bows his head.

Fanny:  Fanny replies in a soft voice tinged with sadness. “It is alright.  You could not know–since you are so new to Milton.  You see, I was …”  Fanny stops, her still  unaccustomed to referring to her relationship with Baird in the past tense.  “… I was attached to someone–and we seemed to be in sympathy with each other, we were nearly engaged. But I have since come to know that I was in error of my assumptions about … well, about our suitability for each other.  And we parted.”  Fanny feels numb in relating the basic facts of her estrangement from Baird to a stranger.

Dr. Miles:  “Oh!”  He sighs deeply, now feeling that he is somehow intruding upon her with his hoped for–and as yet unspoken–aspirations of courting her.  “I am so sorry, Miss Fanny.  Love can sometimes be a fickle master–pleasing and joyous one moment, and vile and angry the next.”  He shakes his head.   “And yet, we all hope for love’s sustaining presence in our lives.”  He finds that tonight–with Fanny—he is able to say the words his heart whispers.

Fanny slowly turns her face toward Dr. Miles again and asks curiously and boldly–without the proper censorship that a lady of her careful upbringing should have. Perhaps it is her still youthful curious nature that causes her to speak rather boldly.

Fanny:  “Have you loved someone and they did not love you back, Dr. Houghton?”  Fanny senses a fellow spirit in Dr. Houghton–or at least, an understanding spirit.

Dr. Miles: Caught off guard by her frankness, he decides her honest question deserves an honest answer–but in a hushed voice since such personal revelations are not for all ears.  “No, Miss Fanny.  I am still looking for love.”  He smiles sheepishly at her.  “I am perhaps more shy than I should be when it comes to ladies and courting.”  Fanny nods and smiles faintly at him.  Then he feels emboldened to say. “However, there is one lady whom I am interested in–but she does not know me as of yet, nor of my interest in her.”

Fanny:  “That is nice–that you have found someone to like, perhaps even to love.  I hope that you find happiness together.”  Fanny says graciously–her not realizing that Dr. Miles is talking about her being whom he is interested in.

Dr. Miles: “Time will tell.” He nods respectfully and she smiles wanly back at him.  Dr. Houghton has decided to curb his interest in asking Miss Fanny to a concert until her spirits lift.


During dinner, Dr. Cameron Ogilvy sits across from his young medical colleague Dr.Miles Houghton, glaring at him.  Cameron is uncertain if he should welcome Miles’ pursuit of Fanny if it means that his son, Baird, will lose is love.  It is therefore Margaret, ensconced at one end of the dining table with both doctors sitting on either side of her, who breaks the ice.

Margaret:  “Cameron, did you and Mother have a pleasant journey from Scotland today?”  Asking about the weather or travel–or about weather and travel–are always safe topics of conversation, usually.

Cameron:  Turning to look at Margaret, he smiles.  “Aye!  Trrrain trrravel is a boon to moderrrn times.”Margaret-atMastersDinner-is-Daniela-Denby-Ashe-in2004North&South_17h07m17s182_Dec2213GratianaLovelaceCap-crop-clr-sized

Margaret:   Margaret smiles graciously [(4) right]. “It is, indeed.  And you Dr. Houghton …”

Dr. Miles: “Please call me Miles, Mrs. Thornton, when you and your husband are so gracious to invite me to your lovely home to dine.  And I have so few acquaintances here in Milton that I hope you will allow me to include you all among my familiars.”  He smiles warmly at everyone–most especially, at Fanny.

Margaret: “Miles.” She nods pleasantly.  “And please address me as Margaret.”  She tells him graciously, noticing his interest in Fanny.DrOgilvy-isGrahamMcTavish-at--the-hobbit-uk2012-premiere-10_Dec2413digitalspycom-sized

Cameron:    “We shall have to introduce you to Milton society … Miles.” Cameron politely glares [(5) right] at his medical practice colleague while hoping to draw his colleague’s attention away from Fanny with his statement.

Dr. Miles:  Missing Cameron’s veiled annoyance, Miles replies cordially. “Thank you, Cameron.  I will enjoy that.”

At the other end of the exquisitely set formal dining table [(6) right]–where John is flanked by his Mother and his sister, Fanny–he MastersDinnerTableSetting-17h12m08s12_Dec2213GratianaLovelaceCap-sized-clrpraises Fanny for her aid in Margaret’s time of need.

John: “Fanny, I do not know what we would have done without you these past few days–your visiting Mrs. Hale in Margaret’s stead, tending to the Mill School John-atMastersDinner-isRichardArmitage-inNorth&South_17h06m00s183_Dec2213GratianaLovelaceCap-crop-sized-clr2and Nursery little ones, and such.  It has eased Margaret’s mind considerably.”  John smiles [(7) right] and squeezes Fanny’s hand.  Then John turns to his Mother, Hannah, and says brightly.  “Mother, Fanny has truly been a wonder.”

Hannah:  Hannah’s eyebrows raise skeptically, knowing how spoilt and selfish Fanny can be.  “Has she?”

Fanny: Fanny blushes under her mother’s scrutiny.  “Oh Johnny, you make too much of things.  I was only helping out.”

John: “Not true.  You did more than you needed to.  If you had not been here Friday and sent someone to fetch so that I could see Margaret and take her home to rest, she might have collapsed with none but the mill children at their young minders around her.”  John feels that he owes his sister Fanny a very great debt.

Hannah: “Margaret will need to rest the remainder of her pregnancy, John.”  Then she turns to Fanny with an imperious glare.  “Are you prepared to assume Margaret’s duties for the next four months, Fanny?”

This is the moment when Fanny usually reverts to her selfish self.  But for some inexplicable reason, Fanny rises above such previous assumptions about her character.

Fanny:  “I will, as far as I am able to be useful, Mother.”   Fanny acquiesces meekly.

This is a new, more mature side to Fanny that surprises her mother.

Hannah:   “And how are you liking working in the Mill School and Nursery, Fanny Dear?”  Pleased that her daughter is maturing and becoming more compassionate, Hannah asks her daughter warmly.

Fanny: “I like it very much, Mama.  Children are so dear.  I am mostly with the three and four year olds.  Lissa Dillard is in my class and she told me Friday that she can’t wait until your return.”Hannah-isSineadCusack-inNorth&South_Feb2114vebidoo-crop-sized

Hannah: Hannah’s face brightens into a large smile [(8) right].  “Ah!  Lissa!  I have missed her so.”

Fanny:   “Yes, Mama.”  Fanny smiles wanly, for her mother has not indicated that she missed her.

Hannah: Hannah softens and reaches out and clasps Fanny’s hand in hers.  “Fanny, Dear, I was sorry to learn that …”

Fanny:    Fanny withdraws her hand to stop her mother from speaking.  Fanny explains quietly to her. “Please Mama.  I can not discuss it or I shall run weeping from the room.  It is over and done with.  And I must move on, somehow.”  Fanny says stoically, though her heart is breaking.

Hannah glances at her son John and his concerned expression for Fanny. Hannah decides to discuss the matter with him tomorrow.

Hannah: “As you wish.”  Hannah nods compassionately at her daughter, Fanny.

Cameron also notices Fanny’s subdued demeanor and he resolves to have a very frank talk with his son, Baird, the next time he sees him–which will be sooner than he might expect.


After their multi course dinner–and the men’s brandy and cigars–it is nearly 10 o’clock in the evening. So Hannah and Cameron excused themselves to go to their bed chamber to retire while the young people have their coffee and desserts in the drawing room.  Fanny takes only two bites of her strawberry tart, then sets the plate down and walks back to window to gaze up at the moon.  Dr. Houghton notices her leave taking and excuses himself from chatting with John and Margaret to go to her.

Miles:   Miles looks up at the moon as well. “A penny?”

Fanny: Fanny turns to quizzically look at Dr. Houghton. “What?”

Miles:  He turns to gaze upon her upturned face. “For your thoughts.  You seem still distracted this evening.”

Fanny:   She nods.  “I am, perhaps, a little tired.  The children are so energetic.” She dodges his inquiring stare with a partial fib. Then she smiles at the thought of the children. “Despite their being poor, they seem to be happy.”

Miles: “Perhaps they do not miss what they have never had.” He suggests caringly–obliquely alluding to Fanny’s regrets about her recent broken attachment. Though as of yet, Miles still does not know that it was his senior medical partner Dr. Cameron Ogilvy’s son whom Fanny Thornton was attached to.

Fanny: “Perhaps.   And with John and Mama extending the Mill food offerings to the children of our mill workers for free, they are all looking much healthier.”  She smiles pridefully, thinking that her family is doing such good for others–when just a few months ago, others circumstances would not have concerned her.

Miles: “The free food program for the children is a commendable undertaking, Miss Fanny.”

Fanny: “Oh please just call me Fanny, and I will just call you Miles, Dr. Houghton.  I am rather tired of society’s formalities of late.”  And my lack of adherence to them with the Duke of Wellington and that caused Baird to become angry with me, she thinks.

Though Dr. Miles had earlier this evening decided not to invite her to a musical concert due to her sadness, he now feels that a musical evening might brighten her spirits.

Miles:  “Miss Fanny …”  Fanny gives him a chiding look.   “Fanny!”  He sighs.  “I am new to Milton and know so few people, except for yourselves here tonight.  And well, I heard that you were musical.  So, might I be so bold as to invite you to the musical concert at the Milton Symphony Hall for this Friday’s Concert of Chopin [(9)] nocturnes?  An international artist is set to perform as the guest pianist.”  He adds hopefully.

Fanny:  Fanny smiles wanly at Miles.  “I thank you for your kind invitation, Miles.”  She begins cordially.  However, Dr. Miles realizes that there is a but coming and his face droops a bit.   “But given my recent … disappointment … I am uncertain if I should be accepting engagements so soon.  And frankly, I doubt that I would be very good company for you.”

Miles: “Oh!   Of course.  I have asked you too soon.  I understand, perfectly.”  He says politely, trying to hide his disappointment.

Fanny:  “However, you might try inviting Ann Latimer, the banker’s daughter.  She is two years older than I, pretty, and a very agreeable friend of mine.”  Though Fanny thinks that their prior shared activities of shopping and gossiping are not necessarily her current interests.

Miles:  “I thank you for the suggestion, Fanny.  However, it was my intention to lift your spirits through your enjoyment of the musical concert.”

Fanny:   “That is very thoughtful of you, Miles.  I do enjoy music.”   She nods her head and smiles.  “Miles, May I …”  He leans in to her hopefully.  “… may I let you know in a day or two if I feel up to an evening concert on Friday?”

Miles:  Nodding his head up and down enthusiastically, Miles replies. “Yes!   Absolutely!  Whatever you wish!  I await receiving your letter!”

It is now about half past 10 o’clock and Margaret is tiring.  So John and Margaret rise from the sette and walk over to join Miles and Fanny at the window.

John:  “Fanny, Miles, Margaret is tired so we must call our evening at an end.”  He smiles cordially as their host.

Miles:  “Certainly!  Thank you for the lovely evening! I look forward to seeing you again soon!”  Miles’ excitement at possibly going to the musical concert cannot be dimmed.

Margaret: “Oh?  In a non-medical capacity?”  Margaret looks between a pinkening Fanny and the clearly happy Miles.

Miles:  “Of course.  You are doing splendidly Mrs. Thornton, Margaret.  It is just that …”

Miles pauses. Since Fanny did not definitively accept his invitation for the musical concert, he does not feel that he should mention it.  But the inquiring looks of both John and Margaret cannot be ignored.

Fanny: “John, Margaret, Miles has kindly invited me to this Friday’s Chopin concert–and I have told him that I will see if I am feeling up to it and let him know in a few days.”  Fanny explains.

John: “Ah!  Then we will wish you a goodnight, Miles.”

Miles:  “Good night!”  Miles bows and is lead by John to the foyer, while Margaret and Fanny trail behind them.  A few more pleasantries are exchanged, and Dr. Houghton leaves for his home in Milton.

Turning to his wife, John swoops her up into his arms.

Margaret: “Oh!”  She gasps in surprise.

John: “Now, Margaret, My Love.  Let me see you to your rest.”

John & Margaret:  They both turn to Fanny and say unintentionally in unison.  “Goodnight Fanny. Ha ha ha ha ha!”  And they laugh in unison.

Fanny: “Good night.  Sleep well.”  Fanny smiles warmly at her brother and sister-in-law.

Then Fanny follows John carrying Margaret up the stairs–to go to bed in her own bed chamber.


Meanwhile, Hannah and Cameron have already prepared for bed and are sitting on their guest bed chamber’s sette in front of the fireplace in their bed clothes and robes–as they hear John and Margaret and Fanny walking toward their bed chambers and wishing each other a goodnight.  Cameron’s eyes glint mischievously.   Finally!  Their bed chamber door is already locked and he feels that their loving night can now truly begin.  Since they have been married, their nights are loving and tender–sometimes, very much so, as he hopes this evening will be.

Cameron: “Shall we rrretirrre to ourrr bed, My Love?  Arrre ye sleepy?”  He asks hopefully as he kisses her hand.  Well, Cameron is not hoping that she is sleepy–rather, he is hoping that she is very much not sleepy.Hannah-is-SineadCusack-inBBCs2004North&South-17h03m28s183-Dec2413GratianaLovelaceCap-Manip1-crop-brt-clr4drsprpl-flip-blur-oval

Hannah:  “I suppose we may retire.”  Hannah smiles warmly at him, her cheeks pinkening [(10) right] in a becoming blush.  They have been waiting for the children to go to bed, before they did.

Taking his wife’s lovely smile as a cue, Cameron leans over her and kisses her adoringly–molding his lips and his body to her.  Hannah kisses him back.  But the attitude of sitting side by side does not provide as much closeness as Cameron would like.  So he lifts her up from underneath her legs–while also supporting her back–and deposits her sitting across his lap.

Now Cameron’s kisses and caresses become more ardent, and Hannah responds to him lovingly as she strokes the back of his closely shorn head.  Their bed is only ten feet away.  But even that is too far for the newlyweds as they first stand up from the sette, then Cameron promptly sits back down again and pulls his wife to sit astride him, facing him. She is rather startled by this new … attitude for their tender love play.   She blushes further because she feels her husband’s ardor increasing–even through their night clothes.  Indeed, her own desires are beginning to smoulder.

Cameron:   In a deep growling whispering sigh, Cameron beseeches his wife. “Ach! Hannah!   I must love ye now!”  He pulls at her nightgown hem in the hope of moving it out of the way.

Hannah:   Breathless with his ardent seduction, she is still untutored in all the ways that her husband wishes to love her.  “But ….  but would we not be more comfortable in our bed?  Hhhh!   Hhhh!”  She whispers and she pants in arousal, even as her husband nibbles her ear lobe and then her neck as he caresses her breasts and her hips. And Hannah finds that her lovingly tender husband can be so persuasive at times.

Cameron: “Please, me Darrrrling!?!  Ye will like us loving this way.  Trrrrust  me!”  He pleads, but he does hope that the sette is sturdy enough to withstand what he hopes will be a most thrilling romantic interlude.  Were the sette to break, that would be most embarrassing.

Hannah is considering her husband’s passionate request as she kisses him back, rubbing her hands along the muscled planes of his slightly hairy chest and shoulders beneath his robe.  She is unconsciously almost pushing his robe off of him.  But just when Hannah is about to give in to her husband’s entreaties, there is a double knock at their bed chamber door.

Cameron: “Blast!”  Cameron shakes his head in extreme annoyance at the interruption.

Hannah: “Oh no!”  Hannah immediately extricates herself from her husband’s lap and skitters over to the bed, doffing her robe, and hiding herself under the covers.

John:  Speaking through their closed door, John asks quietly. “Cameron?  May I have a word with you?”

Cameron slowly rises from the sette and adjusts his dressing robe to cover his bare chest again.  Striding to their bed chamber door, he unlocks it and quickly pulls it open to find John standing there looking quite apologetic in the hallway.

Cameron:   “Has someone died?  And if so, they no longerrr need me serrrvices.”  Cameron says sarcastically and he looks at John pointedly as he grips the door frame to steady himself.

John: Noticing that Cameron is in his night clothes and robe, John winces.  “Oh!   Sorry.  You have already retired for the night.”

Cameron: “Aye!  We arrre trrrying to.”  John starts to turn away but Cameron stays his going  by touching his shoulder. “What do ye need?  Is it Marrrgarrret?”

John: “Well, yes?”  John looks at his stepfather and friend sheepishly.

Cameron: “Hhhh!  Verrry well.  I will get me medical bag.”  He sighs dejectedly.

John: “No!  She is not ill!”  John waves his hands in protest.

Cameron: “Then what do ye want?”  He asks quizzically.

John:   John leans forward and says sotto voce. “Margaret is actually feeling quite a bit better.”  John smiles hopefully at Cameron, who looks at him askance.  “Yes, well.  Um.  We were wondering.   As long as she feels well enough to–might we be able to …”

But John cannot ask the question that has his libido trapped in limbo while Margaret is off limits to him.

Cameron: “Ah!”  Cameron says with realization.  “Marrrgarrret seemed well all afterrrnoon and evening. She should be able to rrresume her norrrmal activities.”  Cameron says with great decorum.

John:  “Such as?”  John still looks hopefully at Cameron–not knowing if Cameron understands what activities John hopes that she may resume.

Cameron: Leaning in to the younger man with a small smile, Cameron eases John’s mind.  “As long as Marrrgarrret does not feel faint norrr in pain, ye may rrresume yourrr marrrital rrrelations.”  John’s face brightens considerably.  Cameron slaps John on his back. “Now go make love with yourrr wife.”

John: “Thank you!”  John shakes Cameron’s hand, then swiftly leaves for his bed chamber.

Cameron walks back inside his and Hannah’s bed chamber, shuts the door, and bolts it.  Cameron’s eyes lock on Hannah lying in their bed in her lovely lace nightgown.

Hannah: “Is everything alright with Margaret?”  She asks with concern.

Cameron: “She is fine. John was just saying goodnight.”  Hannah nods, smiling at him shyly.

Cameron slowly walks toward Hannah in their bed and he removes his dressing robe and DrOgilvy-isGrahamMcTavish--Dec1913GrahamMcTavishArmy-tumblr_momohrAZmE-sized2-mask2-manipheadtopRev-clrlooks down at her [(11) right] in their bed with such wanton lust, it is a good thing that they are married.  Then he pushes his night pants down and off of his body and he slides into bed naked and he kisses his wife adoringly and passionately as he lies over her.

Hannah: “Hhhhh!”  She sighs as hands and kisses stray into intimacies.

Cameron: “Shall we resume our loving, as we were earlier?”  He nibbles the creamy expanse of her skin showing above her lace covered breasts.

Hannah: “But we are already in bed.”  She counters, a bit obtusely, her not wanting to return to the sette.

Cameron: “Nay Hannah, My Love.  We do na need to leave ourrr bed.  Will ye … cuddle … with me as beforrre?”  Cameron raises a very saucy eyebrow. “But herrre, in our bed?”   Cameron’s eyes are twin grey pools of desire as he gazes at his lovely wife Hannah.

Hannah:   Hannah discerns her husband’s meaning and breathes deeply. Then she bites her lower lip and looks confused. “But I don’t know how …”  She cannot finish her thought and she blushes deep crimson.

Cameron: Caressing her face, he kisses her lovingly, saying softly, gently.  “I will guide you.  Ye will find it most pleasurrrable.”   He sighs deeply, then he kisses her breasts through their linen and lace covering.   “Mo Nighean Donn, me brown haired lass.” Pronounced mo-neein-down in Gaelic.

Hannah: “Hhhhhh!”   Hannah trembles with her husband’s loving tenderness.

With such loving ministrations as these, Hannah finds that she cannot deny her husband his request–nor does she want to deny him, nor to deny herself.   Cameron moves to sit up upon his pillows and throws back the bed sheet to reveal his naked body that is so lovingly attuned to his Hannah’s nearness.  He holds out his hands to her and guides her to sit facing him as they cuddle close together, kissing each other tenderly as she accustoms herself to being above him in their lovemaking.  But her nightgown’s skirting is rather voluminous.  So he lifts her up under her armpits–as if she weighed naught but a feather–and Hannah shyly lifts up her nightgown’s hem as he settles her back down again.

Hannah:  Hannah’s eyes widen with this new loving closesness. “Ohhh!”  She trembles.

And then for the next quarter hour or so, Cameron proceeds to fulfill his promise to his wife–that she will find their loving coupling this way most pleasurable.  And she does–she really does.  Afterward, they cuddle naked together–her nightgown having been removed from her body at some point.  They kiss sweetly for some, time then they drift off to sleep in each others’ loving arms.

And in another part of Thornton Manor, a similarly loving night is also being enjoyed by John-isRichardArmitage-andMargaret-isDanielaDenby-Ashe-inNorth&South-epi4-340-Jan0114ranet-sized-brt-crop2brtthe younger married couple in the house, John and Margaret.  Her being five months pregnant only entices John more–for his love Margaret is carrying their future child, the child of their love.  And even Margaret feels more desirous in her pregnant state, such that her growing tummy is not a hindrance to her comfort in their lovemaking–though John is very careful not to lie directly upon her. Theirs is a delicately loving romantic interlude.  And they kiss each other adoringly and passionately for a long time after [(12) right], then they fall contentedly asleep as well.

All is right and loving with the Thornton and Ogilvy families–but for Fanny and Baird’s falling out.  However the morrow brings with it the promise of a new day–and anything can happen.

To be continued with Chapter 41

“N&S:  JT Love Lessons”, Ch. 40 References, March 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #534)

1)      “N&S:  John Thornton, Love Lessons” story logo:  Richard Armitageas John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe in the 2004 BBC period drama North  & South, was found at  richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode3/ns3-110.jpg ;  For more information about this wonderful 2004 BBC miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s story North & South, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_&_South_%28TV_serial%29

2)      Dr. Miles Houghton image is Jeremy Northam as George Knightly in 1995’s Emma found at Jeremy Northam blog tumblr at http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwlu0eu4ml1r3wwzpo1_500.jpg

3)      Fanny is Jo Joyner in the 2004 BBC drama North & South (11h04m47s104) Jan1214 Gratiana Lovelace Cap-crop-sized-shrp-oval

4)      Margaret Thornton is Daniela-Denby-Ashe in the BBC 2004 drama North & South ,epi  2 at the Masters Dinner (17h07m17s182) Dec2213 Gratiana Lovelace Cap-crop-clr-sized

5)      Image representing Dr. Cameron Ogilvy is that of Graham McTavish attending the 2012 London premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey found at http://i2.cdnds.net/12/50/618×829/movies-the-hobbit-uk-premiere-10.jpg

6)      Masters Dinner Table Settings in the 2004 BBC Drama North & South, epi2, 17h12m08s12 Dec2213 Gratiana Lovelace Cap-sized-clr

7)      John Thornton  is Richard Armitage in the 2004 BBC drama  North & South, epi 2 at the Masters Dinner (17h06m00s183) Dec2213 Gratiana Lovelace Cap-crop-sized-clr

8)      Hannah Thornton  Ogilvy  is Sinead Cusack in the 2004 BBC drama North & South, epi 2 at the Masters Dinner Feb2114vebidoo   found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/images/episode/p00947fr_640_360.jpg

9)      Frederic Chopin was born in Poland in1810.  But he lived much of his life in Paris, where he died in 1849.  For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Chopin ;   For a lovely example of one of Chopin’s nocturnes, visit “Yundi Li plays Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2” in a video by Sissco found at   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxS_bJ0yOU

10)   Hannah Thornton  image is Sinead Cusack in the BBC’s 2004 drama North & South Dec2413GratianaLovelaceCap  (17h03m28s183)-Manip1-crop-brt-oval

11)   Dr. Ogilvy  image is Graham McTavish   in a composite of two images of him:
a)  his body is from the press tour for “Rambo”) found Dec1913 at Graham McTavish Army Tumblr at  http://24.media.tumblr.com/4950e9acbac338ad91b26093ad5701e9/tumblr_momohrAZmE1s5t5rro2_500.jpg ;
b) and his head/face is from Graham McTavish image as Dwalin and as himself was found at http://s161.photobucket.com/user/cryhav0k/media/66792_zps7c333e45.jpg.html

12)   John Thornton is portrayed by Richard Armitage and Margaret Hale is portrayed by Daniela Denby-Ashe in the BBC’s 2004 drama North & South  found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode4/ns4-340.jpg

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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2 Responses to “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 40 (R-rated, S): Romantic Partners Times Three, March 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #534)

  1. March 24, 2014–For those who prefer to read it there, here is the link for my Ch. 40 on my Wattpad site:



  2. Pingback: “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 41 (PG-13): Baird Ogilvy Makes an Appeal, March 28, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #537) | Something About Love (A)

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