- Bessie's death. It was easy to see coming, but it's still incredibly sad.
- The deaths of Boucher, and later his wife.
- Margaret's parents' deaths, and later The Reveal that Mr. Bell is dying. There's an awful lot of death in this book.
- Mr. Thornton telling Margaret about his history: his father speculated wildly, lost all his money and then committed suicide, leaving Mr. Thornton to take care of his mother and sister.
- And then, because he's so afraid of following his father's footsteps, Mr. Thornton refuses to speculate and ends up losing his mill.
- Mr. Thornton's first proposal. Not only does Margaret turn him down, she says she's not something he can buy.Mr. Thornton: I don't want to own you, I want to marry you because I love you!
- After this, he sees Margaret at the train station late at night with another man (it's her brother, but he doesn't know that).
Tear Jerker / North and South