While obviously some external changes have taken place, other things- like the previously mentioned paternalistic attitude- haven't really been altered. In some cases, it is Margaret who has changed and she is regarding her old home with new eyes. We saw some of this when, previously, she was admitting some flaws in the social and economic system of southern England to Nicholas when he was thinking of going there to look for work. Now she is seeing those flaws in person. This is exemplified by her visit to the cottage where Susan and her mother live; Susan isn't there, now being enrolled in school. Margaret is sorry to have missed the girl, but thinks it's a good thing that she's being educated. Mr. Bell, on the other hand, is very much a man of the south. He looks around at the quaint cottage in its rustic setting and thinks that it's a shame that Susan should be taken out of her beautiful simplicity and placed in a schoolroom. He gets a rude awakening when Susan's mother starts telling them how she suspects her neighbour stole her cat to be used for witchcraft. Mr. Bell's default attitude is that the peasants should be kept in their charming, unspoiled, childlike simplicity: child-like being the operative word. But in reality, there is nothing beautiful or charming about ignorance and superstition and Mr. Bell soon admits that Margaret is right.