*richardarmitage

“During the course of the story he is faced with exactly the same prospect (faced by his father) – of losing everything again. But it’s a catharsis for him. He realizes the only thing that matters is his family, his relationship with his mother and his love for Margaret, which he believes will never happen. He goes from being a somewhat tyrannical entrepreneur who is money-grubbing to someone who is prepared to shed all of that for love. It’s an amazing scene for a man of that time. It’s not about Victorian manners. It’s very now…… Her breeding and her mental attitude are at odds with her actual financial means, while John doesn’t have the intellectual means but has the financial means. Each has something the other wants … I also think part of the attraction has to do with the antagonism of their relationship. She challenges him. No one has ever done that to him apart from his mother, and he and his mother have a strong working relationship. Most of the women presented to him are silent and very conformist, but Margaret is different. There’s a very fine element of his mother he sees in her. It’s not necessarily an attraction but something he thrives on.”

Richard Armitage