‘When Calls The Heart’: Elizabeth Thornton’s Troubles Abound

When Calls The Heart, schoolmistress Elizabeth Thornton (Erin Krakow) is faced with problems in every aspect of her life. The school superintendent reappears with disturbing news. She and Rosemary Coulter (Pascale Hutton) are still at odds. And finally, her relationships with Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry) and Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally) seem to be coming to a head. What does this mean for Hope Valley’s teacher?

When Calls The Heart: Elizabeth Thornton Fights for her Job

Elizabeth Thornton, spunky schoolmarm on When Calls The Heart, had another run-in with the school superintendent and learned her job is in jeopardy. Especially if she allows Angela Canfield (Vienna Leacock) to attend. The school board anticipates 100 students and plans to use eminent domain to bring Elizabeth’s school under district control.

Plus, Elizabeth went to Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) for advice with the board’s documentation. After careful scrutiny, he found a subsection buried in legal talk, which he said meant Elizabeth Thornton could be fired if she allowed Angela to start the school year before she received her credentials to teach blind students on Hallmark Channel’s When Calls The Heart.

Elizabeth Thornton pleaded her case with Augustus Landis (Todd Thomson). But he was adamant that Angela’s presence would slow the progress of other students. Elizabeth begged him to allow her to teach Angela. However, When Calls The Heart’s superintendent insisted he would have her school shut down if she persisted.

When Calls The Heart: Rosemary Coulter (Pascale Hutton)

WCTH: Rosemary Coulter is Reserved Toward Her Friend

Rosemary Coulter, and Elizabeth Thornton, one of her closest friends, have been at odds with each other for the last few episodes of When Calls The Heart.  Elizabeth thought Rosemary encouraged Nathan Grant to continue his pursuit when it was Nathan who said he couldn’t give up so easily. She also seemed to take offense at her friend on WCTH when Rosemary reminded her that Nathan was not to blame for her husband’s death.

Since those two incidents, the two women have been cool to each other, speaking civilly when necessary. But in the latest episode of When Calls The Heart, Rosemary got thrown off her horse and went to the infirmary. Elizabeth Thornton immediately checked on her once she heard the news. But the encounter seemed awkward, with the two speaking haltingly to each other.

Rosemary Coulter confirmed she was okay, just a little banged up. She told her friend she’d decided to start a newspaper. Elizabeth Thornton expressed excitement, but her tone was flat as she said it. When Calls The Heart’s Rosemary wasn’t her usual cheerful self as they spoke, and she appeared thoughtful when Elizabeth left.

When Calls The Heart: Elizabeth Torn Between Suitors

The love triangle on Hallmarks’ When Calls The Heart seems near to an end. Elizabeth Thornton previously told Nathan Grant she couldn’t give him what he wants, but she never said she didn’t love him. Since then, she has been seeing Lucas Bouchard but cannot take her eyes off Nathan if he’s around. Lucas seems very observant of her attention to his rival.

When Calls The Heart: Elizabeth Thornton (Erin Krakow)

Nathan surprised Elizabeth Thornton with an early morning visit to deliver the bridal bouquet from Florence Blakeley’s (Loretta Walsh) wedding. He commented that perhaps Florence thought Elizabeth would be the next to get married. She noticed Nathan looked cold and invited him to take off his Serge so she could warm it by the fire. She also offered to give him a pair of her husband’s gloves as he couldn’t find his. The intimate looks between them spoke volumes without words on the penultimate episode of When Calls The Heart.

Lucas Bouchard is Elizabeth’s other suitor on When Calls The Heart. Their courtship has moved along rapidly since she refused Nathan’s declaration of love. But in the most recent episode of WCTH, Lucas went to her cabin and, with tears in his eyes, told her he was setting her free, as love is not just an emotion but an act of will. He said, “It can’t be demanded. It can’t be forced.” She looked devastated as he walked away.

Lucas said he believed, from what he saw and what Elizabeth told him, that she and Nathan are “still” and broke off without finishing his sentence. Is his intuition correct? Or will Elizabeth Thornton pick Lucas after all?

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