“N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 59 (PG-13): Sharing Baby News with Family, Delicately, May 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #570)

“N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 59 (PG-13): Sharing Baby News with Family, Delicately, May 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #570)

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 Ogilvy, Jo Joyner for Fiona/Fanny Thornton Ogilvy, Brendan Coyle for Nicholas Higgins, 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. As such there will be heartfelt moments of love and sensuality (S)–as well as other dramatic emotions (D), 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: With Margaret thinking that she is entering her seventh month of pregnancy–when she is actually entering her ninth and final month of pregnancy and Fiona and Baird’s baby news yet to be announced to Cameron and Hannah, let alone that mature couples own baby joy yet to be announced to anyone–the extended Thornton-Ogilvy-MacInthosh family will have an exciting we of visiting together in Scotland. John and the men will be overseeing the installation of the new weaving looms and other machinery at the newly established Ogilvy-Thornton Scottish Mills. Whilst the ladies and children rediscover whatever ladies enjoy when two or more are gathered together. And the fun will culminate in the highland Games with Lord Jamie Ogilvy leading their team. Though, the outcome of the games will not be quite what they expect.


                “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 59 (PG-13):
Sharing Baby News with Family, Delicately

After their day long train ride to Angus, Scotland this Friday, June 13th from their week long visit in London, John and Margaret, Baird and Fiona, and the MacIntosh Family–with Margaret’s parents, The Hales, staying in London with the Shaw-Lennox’s–everyone repairs to their respective destinations for lodging. John and Margaret will stay at Airlie Castle with their hosts the Earl and Countess of Airlie–Cameron and Hannah Ogilvy. The MacIntosh Family of Angharad, Alistair, five year old Andrew, and baby Amanda also takes up residence at the castle in their usual guest apartments.

However Baird has another surprise for his new bride Fiona as he whisks her away to their AnneHathawaysCottagewhereWmShakespeareWooedherApr1314TheAnglophileChannel-sizedown private cottage on the Airlie Estate grounds. As Baird and Fiona’s carriage brings them through the tree lined drive, the Tudor style manor [(2) right] comes into their view, nestled as it is into a forested area with lovingly tended formal grounds landscaping with abundant shrubs and flowers. The L-shaped manor is small with only six family and guest bed chambers and a master suite housed in the back wing above the combined library and drawing room facing the back of the manor. But the rooms are amply sized for a family and it is spacious enough for small gatherings of thirty or so people at holiday times and other festivities.

Baird:   “Welcome to yourrr new home, Fiona My Love!”   Baird proclaims proudly.

Fiona: “Oh Baird!   This is lovely!   Is it truly ours?” Fiona asks incredulously.

Baird: “It is. This was me parrrents home and wherrre Angharrrad and I grrrew up, aparrrt from when we werrre away at school.” When their father was the second son and their uncle was the Earl, this was their home.

Fiona: “Ohhhh! Your childhood home.” She sighs.

As they pull to a stop in front of the manor, Baird helps Fiona out of the carriage. Then he lifts her up and twirls her around then carries her across the threshold and into the manor as she shrieks in surprise and they both laugh with joy.

Fiona: “Eeeeek! Ha ha ha ha ha!”

Baird: “Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!”Fanny-isJoJoyner-inNorth&South-epi2-17h04m50s201-Dec2213GratianaLovelaceCap-crop-sized-clr-crpclr3-masktohead-clr4-sized

Fiona: Baird! Put me down! Ha ha ha!   What will people think?” Fiona smiles mock primly [(3) right] at her mischievous husband. In truth, Fiona delights in her husband’s unabashed love for her.

Baird: “That I have marrrried a lovely lassie–and they will forrrgive me lapse in decorrrum.” Baird smiles gleamingly [(4) right]. Baird is a husband deeply in love with his wife, and he is not shy about showing his affections openly.

Then Baird further lapses in decorum as he soundly kisses his wife in the open foyer entrance hall to their new home. Baird and Fiona having had to be mindful of not being amorous during their long train ride–in the compartment that they shared with John and Margaret–they are under no such restrictions now. The butler and other servants keep a discreet absence from the foyer for the privacy of the young Laird and his new bride of two months.

Baird: Leaning back from kissing his wife, they press their foreheads against each other in tenderness and desire. Baird suggests in a deeply toned husky voice. “Herrre, let me give you a guided tourrr of ourrr new Scottish home.” For this manor will be their home when they are in Scotland–until Baird becomes Earl many years hence, and they move into Airlie Castle.

Fiona: Sensuously drawing her delicately proportioned index finger down the side of her husband’s cheek, Fiona replies. “If this elegant foyer is any indication of this lovely and gracious home I am certain that I will love it.”

The foyer floor has alternating black and white marble squares, the walls are silver gray with off white trim and crown mouldings, and gleaming walnut banister rails that lead to the second floor.

Baird: “Ye may change any decorrration ye would like.” He offers besottedly. Fiona smiles. “Shall we dispense with the main floorrr and move to the second floorrr bed chamberrrs and ourrr masterrr suite?”  He asks huskily as he nibbles her neck.

Fiona: She nods. “Yes.” They walk up the stairs holding hands. “Baird, What I would most sincerely appreciate is to have a bath to refresh myself after the soot of train travel.”

Baird:   Picturing his wife in her bath–from memory–Baird’s ardor increases. “Aye, Fiona my Love. And I will join you.”

Baird’s and Fiona’s trunks and cases had earlier been sent from the station–while Baird and Fiona took a winding scenic carriage ride to arrive here–and the staff have unpacked them in the master suite for the Lord and his Lady. As Baird guides Fiona into their master Traditional-French-Style-Bedroom-1_May2414Home-designingcom-sized--coloredpinksuite with a sitting room in between his and hers bed chambers, they continue kissing. Baird briefly shows his wife her elegant French style bedchamber with off white walls and pale pink bed linens and drapes [(5) right] to her appreciative and approving gaze. It also has a private bathing chamber and dressing room

Fiona: “I shall feel like a princess in my French style boudoir!” Fiona says gleefully.

Baird: “You are my princess!” Baird claims her as his own.

Then Baird leads his wife directly into his bed chamber with its large four poster bed with Medieval-Castle-Bedroom-Design-Set-Ideas_May2414bedroomdesigncatalogcom--sized-maniptoremoveportraitsmasculine deep red velvet hangings and plush furnishings [(6) right]. A private dressing room and bathing chamber are adjacent to it.

And the delicious delight for the two lovebirds is Baird’s master bed chamber bathing chamber–with a bathing tub big enough for two–which both Baird and Fiona find refreshing and invigorating after their long train ride.  Then sometime after their romantic interlude, Baird and Fiona contentedly snuggle together naked in their/Baird’s bed as they doze before they must dress for a family dinner up at Airlie Castle.


Meanwhile, Hannah and Cameron settle John and Margaret into their guest bed chamber InverarayCastle-Scotland-home -toDukeofArgyll Mar0814AnglophileChannelFB-sized-clrsuite in the impressive Airlie Castle [(7) right]. And Cameron observes Margaret’s seemingly larger than usual pregnant belly–and its shape–with a medically clinical eye.

Cameron: “Marrrgarrret, have ye been rrresting well lately?” He notices her slightly pinched expression.

Margaret: “I thank you for your concern, Cameron. These last few weeks I seem to be growing more–which sometimes makes it difficult for me to find a comfortable position to sleep in.” She sighs. She would have her baby tomorrow if she could

John: John embraces his wife and whispers in her ear. “You are blooming with our little one you are carrying.”

Cameron: “Yes.”   Is all Cameron says.

Of course, Hannah and Cameron have baby news of their own, but they will wait until dinner time to tell all of their children at once–leaving John and Margaret to refresh themselves and rest. So Hannah and Cameron also take their rest.

Two hours later when Lord Jamie and Lady Thistle Ogilvy arrive for the extended family dinner at Airlie Castle–with their nine year old son Viscount Hamish and their five year old daughter Lady Blythe in tow–they all wait for Baird and Fiona in the large Drawing Room.   Lady Angharad Ogilvy MacIntosh and her husband Sir Alistair MacIntosh have also joined them with their children, five year old Andrew and six month old Amanda to enjoy seeing their distant cousins, the Ogilvy’s, and their Grandfather Cameron and Grandmother Hannah. And everyone is dressed for dinner in their finest evening gowns and tuxes. For Airlie Castle dinners–even for family–are formal and elegant affairs.

After a ten minute wait, Baird and Fiona arrive–looking rather flushed and grinning from ear to ear. They plan to tell their cousins and Cameron Hannah of their with child state as soon as possible. So it will be interesting to see which yet to be revealed pregnancy comes out first. The women and men tend to cluster in the room by gender.

With outstretched arms longing to hold a baby, Fiona instantly goes to Angharad who hands her a sleeping baby Amanda. Then the ladies all sit down on the sette–gratefully so for Margaret because she tires so easily at this late stage in her pregnancy.

Fiona: “I declare Angharad, Amanda is the dearest baby!   I am thrilled to be her and Andrew’s Aunt.” Fiona smiles sincerely.

Angharad: “Aye, Fiona. They love theirrr new Aunt.” Angharad caresses her baby’s head.

Blythe: Little Blythe tugs at Fiona’s skirt. “Lady Fiona?   Arrre ye also me aunt?” Blythe was told that they are cousins, but she doesn’t quite understand the family relations.   Blythe’s five year old logic reasons that since Fiona is Aunt to her cousins Andrew and Amanda MacIntosh, why can’t she be her aunt as well? She is not too far off the mark.

Thistle: Blythe’s Mama interjects. “Blythe dear, Angharad’s great grandfather and your father’s great grandfather were brothers. So we are distant cousins.”

Blythe: “Ohhh.” Blythe says as if she understands. But she still does not quite understand the distinction between cousins and distant cousins–let alone, who is an aunt versus who is a cousin. And they are all family anyway–and it is the family part that counts.

Across the room, while the men stand around and look on amusingly, nine year old Hamish Ogilvy and five year old Andrew MacIntosh are engaged in a spirited game of chess.

Hamish: “A ha! I captured your knight!” He sounds triumphant.

Andrew: “Knights are useless L movers!” Andrew counters while thinking about his next move.

Jamie: Shaking his head bemusedly, Jamie laughs proudly. “Ha ha ha! Me son Hamish is quite adept at chess. Thistle taught him.”

Cameron: “Hamish is doing verrry well.” Cameron nods.

Andrew: Then Andrew’s eyes brighten as he captures Hamish’s bishop with his sacrifice pawn. “I got yourrr bishop!”

Hamish: “Hmmm.” He frowns.

John: “But little Andrew is certainly holding his own for one so young.”   John praises. Andrew’s father Alistair MacIntosh smiles proudly.

Hamish and Andrew continue their verbal and chess piece sparring as the adult men look on.

Baird: “I would na have thought that the bairrrns would like the game of chess so well.” He states with mild astonishment.

Cameron: “Just because ye werrre na fond of the game, does na mean otherrrs feel the same.” Cameron raises his eyebrow at his son.

For when Baird was a boy, he never really liked the game of chess–mostly because his father Cameron never let him win. The few times that Baird won playing chess against his father, he did so fairly. Cameron does not believe in false coddling of children–but rather in praising and encouraging them for what they do well, thereby helping children to have a true sense of their abilities. And, truth be told, Cameron is quite prideful about his own chess playing skills. And Cameron’s and Baird’s friendly father and son rivalry with come into play this evening with their respective yet to be announced babies’ news.

Hannah gives her husband Cameron a knowing look. They had decided to tell their family about their baby before dinner–so as to avoid any surprises when their guests mouths are full of food or drink. They are uncertain about the response they will receive–and smelling salts are at the ready. And unbeknownst to them, Fanny also catches her husband Baird’s eye. For they also want to share their baby news before dinner–because they are bursting to tell Hannah and Cameron and their Ogilvy cousins.

Cameron walks to the center of the room and Hannah joins him. They are both blushing slightly–to be their age and expecting a baby is not unheard of, nor unwelcome–but it is an unanticipated pleasure. Cameron gestures for their family to join them.

Cameron: “Our Dearrr Family, Hannah and I arrre delighted that ye arrre able to visit with us this week for the opening of the Highland Games Season here in Angus, Hannah-and-Cameron-areSineadCusack-in2004N&S-andGrahamMcTavish-at2012LondonPremiere_May2414GratianaLovelaceScotland–as well as, for seeing to the new Ogilvy-Thornton Scottish Mill’s machinery installation.” Everyone nods. Cameron takes Hannah’s hand in his and kisses it. Hannah and Cameron share a loving gaze [(8a&b) right] before he continues. “And family is even morrre dearrr to us now.” Cameron takes his time, smiling and looking at each cluster of their children family groupings, including their Ogilvy cousins with Jamie and Thistle.

Then Cameron’s gaze settles upon Baird and Fiona,with a small smile. For if Hannah and Cameron have a baby girl, she will be a lady but not in line of succession–since only male issue inherit the title, lands, and fortune. Though a daughter’s dowry [(9a)] will approach the princely sum of ten thousand pounds [(9b)] and the lease of a manor home with surrounding grounds on the expansive Airlie Estate. However, if Hannah and Cameron have a baby boy, that child will also be a Lairrrd and a secondary heir should Baird and Fiona not have a son. Though the Ogilvy’s always have sons, so Cameron does not doubt that Baird will father a son one day. But it would be a comfort to Cameron to have a second son–to know that their family legacy will endure–since he was a second son who inherited the title because his brother did not have any children.

Baird:   Sensing an opening with his father’s gaze, Baird asks. “Papa? Might I please say a few worrrds as well?”

Cameron: “Ye arrre brrreaking me rrrhythm, Laddie.” Cameron admonishes his son teasingly.

Baird: “Lairrrd Airlie.” Baird intones mock formally with an impish twinkle in his eye and a stifled smile. “If I prrromise that ye will like what I say, will ye yield the floorrr?” John and Margaret smile knowingly.

Cameron: “Hhhhh!   Aye! That would help, Lairrrd Ogilvy.”   Cameron replies mock disdainfully, teasing his son as well.  “But I rrreserrrve the rrright to rrrevoke yourrr speaking prrriveleges–indefinitely–if I do not agrrree with yourrr assessment of me liking what ye have to say.”

This jovial banter is customary between father and son. But it is wearing on the ladies. Hannah and Fiona each lean over to their husbands and whisper into their ears to hurry it along. Their husbands nod. Everyone else leans toward them with heightened curiosity.

Baird: Baird embraces his wife Fiona and kisses her forehead–then forgoes any further preamble or ceremony with their announcement. “Me Dearrr wife of six weeks, Fiona, will deliver our first child come next January!” Baird smiles lovingly and pridefully.

Jamie and Thistle who were unaware of this baby news, cheerfully congratulate them. Angharad and Alistair and John and Margaret congratulate them again. However, Cameron and Hannah are smiling, but silent, for a brief moment–then they smile broadly. Cameron strides over to his son and gives him a big bear hug–lifting him off of the ground, like he did with Baird was a wee bairn.

Cameron: “Congratulations! That is wonderrrful! Our line will continue.” With Baird playing the field well into his late twenties, Cameron had wondered if he would ever settle down. That was why Cameron hoped that Fanny Thornton–now Lady Fiona Thornton Ogilvy–would be a good match for his son. And she is.

Baird: “Thank ye, Papa. Will ye put me down now?” Baird whines.

Hannah embraces Fiona, not once, but twice–and kisses her cheek. There are tears in both of their eyes.

Hannah: “My baby will have a baby.” She caresses her daughter’s cheek.

Fiona: “Oh Mama! I can hardly believe it!”

Mother and daughter embrace again. Then Cameron walks back to his wife, Hannah’s side.

Cameron: “Congratulations, Fiona.” He gives her peck on her cheek.

Fiona: “Thank you … Papa.” Fiona hesitated, because she always called him Cameron. But somehow, knowing that she will have a baby, makes Fiona want to cement the fact that her father-in-law–who is also her stepfather–is also her Papa. Fiona has missed having a papa all these years–however much her brother Johnny tried to fill that void.

Cameron and Hannah smile warmly at both Fiona and Baird. Then they look at each other hesitantly and slightly shrug their shoulders so that no one else notices. Of course, Hannah and Cameron have baby news to share, as well. But they do not want to steal Baird’s and Fiona’s attention for their impending first born.

Hannah also now begins to feel shy about her baby–she is to be a grandmother twice over with John’s and now Fiona’s babies. Is she not too old to be the kind of mother this baby will deserve? Cameron can see the smile on Hannah’s face begin to droop–her thinking that they will wait to share their news, and her wondering how their baby news will be received. And he tenderly kisses her forehead and squeezes her tenderly in his embrace.


So, the extended Ogilvy-Thornton families enjoy their multi course dinner this Friday night in the smaller and cozier family dining room at Airlie Castle that can comfortably accommodate forty people–with everyone focusing on Baird and Fiona, and much champagne toasting ensues. The dining room glitters with the elegant table arrangements of silver candelabras, crystal goblets and flower vases, and china place settings, etc.

However, Thistle Ogilvy steals some glances at Hannah–for she was taken into Hannah’s confidence about how babies births and babies care happen in Scotland–not the least of which is because Hannah is a Countess, with additional rules associated with that. Thistle assured Hannah that all will be well. And that she will be happy to serve as Hannah’s birth witness–since if it is a boy, their baby will be heir, there must be verification of the child until it is placed into its father Cameron’s arms.

As the ladies and children repair to the drawing room while the men have their brandy and cigars to discuss the Ogilvy-Thornton Scottish Mills project they will oversee for the next few days, Thistle notices Hannah’s stoic serenity–with her smile not quite reaching her eyes.

Thistle: Talking with Hannah off to the side of the room–with the other ladies fawning over Fiona–Thistle asks sotto voce. “Will ye not tell yourrr childrrren tonight of yourrr and Camerrron’s coming baby?”

Hannah: Hannah winces and replies is a quiet voice. “How can we? This is Fanny’s and Baird’s moment.” For Hannah still thinks of and calls her daughter by her childhood nickname. “We cannot share our news and have the attention shift away from Fanny and Baird. Just then, they are interrupted by a very small voice.Blythe-is-a-paintingbyPaulEmileChabas-portrait-of-a-young-girl_Apr2214oceansbridgecom--sized

Blythe: The sweet five year old Blythe [(10 right] leans into her mother Thistle’s side. “Mama? I am sleepy. Will Papa carrrry me all the way home?” The Ogilvy cousins live a short ten minute carriage ride away in a leased manor home on the Airlie Estate grounds.

Thistle: Rubbing her daughter’s back, she smiles at her lovingly. “If you need yourrr Papa to carry ye, he will.”   Then Thistle lifts her five year old daughter onto her lap and cradles her into her arms, rocking her as Blythe dozes off–Blythe drops her walking stick from her hand as her little fingers relax in her sleeping repose.

Hannah: Hannah blanches as she picks up Blythe’s still pink beribboned walking stick and leans it next to the sette, then she whispers to Thistle. “Do you think Blythe overheard us?”

Thistle: “Nay. Once Blythe starrrts to go to sleep, she does na hearrr anything–not even loud thunderrrr and lightening.” Little Lady Blythe’s eyes are closed, her breathing is slow and steady, and her cherub mouth is slightly open.


The men rejoin their ladies in the parlor–each smiling, glad to be returning to their loves. Cameron is especially concerned for his wife Hannah–with their delay of their baby announcement. Hannah and Cameron were so joyful to share their news. But they have been eclipsed by Baird and Fiona’s baby news and there is nothing more to be said or done about it for now.

They all sit chatting about the planned mill operations that will take the men from the ladies for the next few days–and the Highland Games Season Opener. They are trying to persuade John and Margaret–and even Hannah to participate. They will see.   Jamie Ogilvy will lead their Scottish Clan Ogilvy Team (named SCOT for short). With Jamie’s brute size of 6 ft 6 inches tall and his athleticism and strength, they are sure to win any test of power. But there are some contests involving skill without strength–such as archery and lawn bowling, etc. So John might feel comfortable participating in them–that is, if he had ever grasped a bow and arrow in his hands. He will be receiving some accelerated training with the bow and arrow this week.

With Margaret’s largely pregnant state, she will have to be seated most of the time this week. And Cameron is a little concerned with her size–speculating that she is carrying twins–or she is further along in her pregnancy than even she thinks she might be. In fact, Margaret is so worn out, that she is on the sette dozing, with little Blythe nestled into her side after her mother placed her there and Blythe is still dozing as well. The others have dessert and coffee–still with Baird and Fiona receiving the bulk of the attention.

Then as more yawns escape tired mouths around eleven o’clock, the family gathering breaks up and everyone heads into the Airlie Castle foyer while the servants bring coats and hats and such–and they await their carriages. Of course, John and Margaret, and the MacIntoshes are staying at the castle–though they stand tiredly in the foyer to bid the others good night. So Jamie Ogilvy and his family will return to their manor on the estate–as will Baird and Fiona return to their manor.

Jamie Ogilvy is, indeed, carrying his little Blythe who has not woken up–not even for dessert. Hannah and Cameron walk over to the Ogilvy’s to say their goodbyes.

Hannah: “Thank you for joining us, My Dears.” Hannah smiles warmly.

Thistle: “Thank you forrr yourrr kind invitation.”

Jamie: “You arrre most grrracious hosts. Thank ye.” Jamie pats his son’s back.

Hamish: “Thank ye.” Hamish says on cue.

Cameron: “You’rrre welcome. Have a pleasant jourrrney home.” He smiles as he holds the door open for them.

Blythe: Waking up a bit, she asks. “Where is me walking stick?”

Hannah: “Oh! I believe that we mistakenly left it in the Drawing Room.”

Hamish: “I’ll get it, forrr ye Blythe.” He dashes off to retrieve it–like the kindly elder brother that he is.

Blythe: “Nana Hannah?” Blythe asks sleepily–for Blythe has taken to following her little friend Lissa Dillard’s lead in informally addressing Blythe’s cousin Hannah, Lady Airlie.

Hannah: Caressing little Blythe’s cheek, she replies. “Yes Blythe Dear.”

Blythe: “If you name your baby Elspeth, then she and Lissa’s Betsy dolly will be cousins.” In Blythe’s five year old mind, everyone is a cousin–even her friend’s dolly.

Hannah and Cameron each have a sharp intake of breath for their baby news being revealed by an unexpected quarter, Blythe. Hannah realizes that Blythe had overheard she and Thistle talking. There is a stillness in the foyer as this baby news sinks in. And as if choreographed quite keenly, the Thornton-Ogilvy children and their spouses–John and Margaret, Angharad and Alistair, and Baird and Fiona–all tilt their heads to the side in unison with quizzical expressions on their face.

Fiona: “Mm … Kkhhh!” Fiona coughs to clear her throat that has become quite dry. “Mama?” Fiona asks hesitantly. “Are you and Papa adopting a child?   A baby?” She is trying to search for a plausible explanation for little Blythe’s comment.

Cameron: Putting his arm around his wife’s waist and kissing her forehead, he states flatly. “No!”

Angharad: “But Blythe said you arrre to have a baby?” She asks questioningly.

Cameron: Cameron’s eyes narrow. “Aye!”

Then all eyes turn to Hannah who is blushing from her forehead to her toes.

Baird: “So ye arrre to be a…” Baird can hardly say what he cannot comprehend.

John: John has been standing at the base of the stairs with Margaret. Now he says one word of utter astonishment,“Mother!” And John plops down on the stair case step.

Margaret: However Margaret has the cheerfully joyous reaction that Hannah and Cameron have been hoping for from their family. “A baby! How wonderful!” And Margaret takes two steps forward and gathers her mother-in-law Hannah into her arms with a loving embrace.

Then everyone else chimes in with their congratulations and well wishes and hugs. Even JohnandMargaretinpinkdressCompsiteMar2512RanetFripperiesGrati-Nov1813resized-clrthe now slightly pale John Thornton pulls himself to stand up from the stair step and he walks over to his mother and kisses her cheek as his doting wife Margaret looks at him lovingly [(11) right].

John: “Feliciations! I trust that you are well?” John looks into his mother’s eyes searchingly–knowing that childbirth at any age is risky, but especially so for a woman of fifty years as Hannah Thornton Ogilvy is.

Hannah: “I am John.” She caresses his cheek.

John: John holds out his hand to his step-father. “Congratulations, Cameron!”

Cameron: “Thank ye, Laddie. And thank ye, everyone!” Both Cameron and Hannah smile for having finally shared their baby news. Then they sweetly kiss–and the other married couples follow suit.

The week ahead looks promising–with the new mill to get into working order and then the extended Ogilvy-Thornton family enjoying the Highland Games as Team SCOT (the Scottish Clan Ogilvy Team). However, the Highland Games this year will prove to be even more exciting than anyone can imagine.

To be continued with Chapter 60


“N&S: JT Love Lessons”, Ch. 59 References, May 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #570)

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) The Anglophile Channel retweeted a great image of Shakespeare’s love Anne Hathaway’s cottage, image originally found at @VisitBritain https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bkxhp2WCcAA0D6h.jpg:large

3) Fiona Thornton Ogilvy is Jo Joyner in North & South epi 2 (17h04m50s201) Dec2213 Gratiana Lovelace Cap-crop-sized-clr-oval

4) Baird Ogilvy image (aspect, drken,sized) is Simon Woods as Charles Bingley in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice found at madambaggio.blogspot.com at http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dJFEabizaEI/UKAkFwXlJtI/AAAAAAAAANI/G5pZUxqcZGY/s320/Hugo+Weasley+02.jpg

5) Fiona’s French style bed room in off white tones (linens and draps changed to pink for Fiona’s bed chamber) was found at http://cdn.home-designing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Traditional-Bedroom-1.jpg

6) Baird’s Medieval with an 1800’s twist designed bedroom (removed portraits) image representing Baird’s and Fiona’s shared bed chamber was found at http://bedroomdesigncatalog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Medieval-Castle-Bedroom-Design-Set-Ideas.jpg

7) The lovely image representing Airlie Castle in Angus, Scotland is actually the impressive Inveraray Castle in Scotland, home to Duke of Argyll Mar0814 as shared by The Anglophile Channel on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheAnglophileChannel ; for more about Inveraray Castle, visit http://www.inveraray-castle.com/home.html

8a&b) Hannah and Cameron images are:
a) 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 ; and
b) 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

9) a) A dowry is an amount of money and/or property given to a woman’s husband upon their marriage. Among the aristocracy, such settlements can be vast fortunes in and of themselves. For more information, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowry ; b) For comparison, 10,000 pounds in 1800 would be worth over 9 million pounds in 2009 (or $14 million in US currency per http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_was_10000_pounds_in_1800_worth_today?#slide=1

10) Blythe Ogilvy image is a Portrait of a Young Girl by Paul Emile Chabas found at http://www.oceansbridge.com/oil-paintings/product/89623/portraitofayounggirl

11) Cropped and masked image of John Thornton (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) from the BBC’s 2004 production of North & South, Promo pix 18 was found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/NandSPromo/album/NandSPromo-18.jpg composited with Composite image of Margaret Hale’s head (as portrayed by Daniela Denby-Ashe) from the North & South music soundtrack dvd cover found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/NandSPromo/album/slides/NandSPromo-12.html; and a pink Victorian dress found at http://fripperiesandfobs.tumblr.com/post/12025132525/dress-ca-late-1830s-from-the-centre-de; photo manip done by Gratiana Lovelace, 3/25/12.


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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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4 Responses to “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 59 (PG-13): Sharing Baby News with Family, Delicately, May 24, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #570)

  1. Kitty says:

    Poor John! I guess he, like my own darling offspring, thought his Mama had only ever “done it” twice.


    • Giggles, Kitty!
      It’s a riot that your “two” daughters had that notion. But tell me. Were they six–or twenty-six–at the time? Ha! Thanks for visiting and commenting!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. May 24, 2014–For individuals who prefer to read my stories on my Wattpad site, here is the link for Ch. 59:



  3. Pingback: “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, Ch. 60 (PG-13, D): Preparations, May 27, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #572) | Something About Love (A)

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