There's another element to the dynamic of the story that I appreciated and that was the whole situation of pigeonholing people. Margaret called it "romanticisng the south"... I call it stereotyping ... It is a recurring idea... For instance, just because a man is a manufacturer it doesn't mean he isn't interested in book learning or to broaden his horizons. And here's a novel idea... just because he's a tough-minded capitalist it doesn't mean he has no compassion or concern for his workers. The wonderful thing about him is that he defies definition... he is surprising but not capricious... and I think that is what captures Margaret's fancy at the end.