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DH Lawrence - An Introduction. For many of us DH Lawrence was a schoolboy hero. Who can forget sniggering in class at the mention of Women In Love or Lady Chatterley's Lover? Lawrence was a talented if nomadic writer whose novels were passionately received, suppressed at times and generally at odds with Establishment values. This of course did not deter him. At his death in 1930 at the young age of 44 he was more often thought of as a pornographer but in the ensuing years he has come to be more rightly regarded as one of the most imaginative writers these shores have produced. As well as his novels and plays he was also a masterful poet and wrote over 800 of them. In this collection we discover and nourish ourselves on a small part of that legacy that reveals much about the man and his views on life. Our readers include Richard Mitchley & Ghizela RoweShow more
Lawrence's style is bold, intimate and inventive and he always has the capacity to shock. His great strength comes from the realism of the characters he portrays and the play on tension - first seen in the exchanges between Gertrude and Morel and continuing with Paul, his Mother and his two women - which never lets up. Then marvel at the depth and quality of the writing as the story moves relentlessly towards its conclusion. 1. ESTRANGEMENT. In this opening section, the Nottinghamshire mining community and two of the main characters - Walter Morel and Gertrude Coppard - are introduced. They first meet at a Christmas party and are married the next year. When Gertrude discovers the unpaid furniture bills, however, their marriage begins to sour. Gertrude then learns, contrary to what her husband has told her. that they do not even own their house. Finally, when Walter cuts off their three year old William's hair, any hope for a happy marriage is lost and Walter resorts to drinking. Gertrude gives birth to a daughter, Annie, followed by a second son, Paul. 2. BREAKING THE MOULD. Returning home from the pub, Walter rows with his wife and in anger flings a drawer at her, cutting her brow. When he later adds theft and dishonesty to violence, his wife gives up on him completely. Seventeen months after Paul's birth, the fourth and last child, Arthur, is born. The story now follows the progress of William, who at the age of 20 accepts a post in London at £120 a year. But Paul's story is less straightforward. Without any clear vision of what he would like to do, Paul is taken by his mother Jordan's Surgical Appliance Factory, where he is employed as a junior clerk. 3. AT JORDAN'S. Paul begins working as junior clerk under brusque Mr Pappleworth. Meanwhile, Paul and his mother grow increasingly inseparable: `the two shared their life completely'. On a visit with his mother to the Leivers family, Paul first meets 14 year-old Miriam. The next day, receiving news of her son William's illness, Gertrude travels to London to see him. She stays up all night with him while he raves unconsciously. But, inflicted with pneumonia, he dies early in the morning. 4. COMMUNION WITH NATURE. Miriam begins to fall in love with Paul and to resent her own uncouth appearance. On a walk with Miriam and her mother, Paul is shown a sparrow's nest, and his enthusiasm for nature intensifies Miriam's love for him. On another occasion, Miriam shows Paul a wild rose bush, the sight of which elevates their souls. But, in a fit of jealousy, Paul's mother expresses her anger at his late return home, and, Paul, feeling guilty, denies his love for Miriam. Miriam decides not to call at Paul's home anymore, but the section ends optimistically when Paul announces that he has won two first prizes for his art. 5. A MOTHER'S RIVALRY. While in town, Paul meets Miriam in the company of Clara, the beautiful estranged wife of Baxter Dawes. One night, Paul returns home to find his mother looking very ill. As usual, she is upset by Paul's lateness and accuses him of spending too much time with Miriam. Paul adamantly reassures that he does not love Miriam and realises more than ever how strong the bond is between him and his mother is. In the spring, Paul tells Miriam that he can't love her - but she knows that he has been subjected to pressure at home. 6. LOVE FOR THREE WOMEN. Miriam is aware of Paul's attractions to Clara and, as a kind of test, arranges for Paul to meet Clara again. Paul writes to Miriam in an attempt to break of their courtship, explaining that their love - love of two souls - is unsuited to marriage. Meanwhile, he continues to see Clara. But Paul believes that his feelings for her are innocent, refusing to admit that there is any sexual attraction between them. In his heart and soul, he still feels bound to Miriam. 7. VIRGIN NO LONGER. After spending a day alone with Miriam, Paul makes love to her. Afterwards, although Paul loves her `to the last fibre of her being', he is aware of 'a dull pain in his soul'. A few days later he both tells his mother and Clara that he intends to break off his engagement with Miriam. While walking with Clara along the bank of the River Trent, Paul and Clara succumb to the passion of the moment and make love. This time, however there is no remorse or struggle in his soul - just the naked passion. Paul now visits his mother, who is staying with his sister, Annie, in Sheffield. Here, he discovers that, in addition to heart problems, his mother is suffering from what appears to be a large tumour in her side. 8. PARTING OF THE WAYS. Mrs Morel returns home - with the look death on her face. Each day, after work, Paul joins Annie to watch over his mother. As Mrs Morel slips further away, Paul feels his life being destroyed `piece by piece within him' she lies in bed, heavily drugged, but it is Paul who feels the greatest pain. Eventually, he and Annie resolve to end their mother's misery with an overdose of morphine. The story ends poignantly as Paul feels the total emptiness at his huge loss. He is alone in the world: Clara has returned to her husband and, later, when Miriam suggests marriage to Paul, he is unable to make the sacrifice.Show more
The Poetry Of Flowers - An Introduction. The simple beauty of a single flower has the power to fascinate, captivate and delight us. Its fragrance can intoxicate and it remains a wonderful gift to give or receive. The vast varieties of flowers that exist provide an exceptional burst of vivid and subtle shades of colours inspiring a smooth transition from petal to paper for so many of our greatest poets including Wordsworth, Tennyson, Burns, Swinburne and Coleridge. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.Show more
Women In Love studies the nature of relationships between men and women through four very different characters, each of whom seeks fulfilment in their own way. Gudrun seeks an intellectual equal, while for Ursula, overwhelming love is all that will suffice; Gerald attempts to fill his emotional void with success and physicality, whereas Birkin desires total commitment from both his lover and his friend. Lawrence uses the foursome to form a complex emotional web, voicing his own views through the semi-autobiographical figure of Birkin. 1. LOVES OLD AND NEW. Gudrun Brangwen, recently returned from London to Beldover in the industrial Midlands, sits discussing marriage with her sister Ursula. Both sisters agree that they may not marry at all - then go off to watch a wedding. There Ursula notices Rupert Birkin, lover of Hermione Roddice. Gudrun eyes the attractive Gerald Crich, son of the local mine-owner. Later, the sisters are invited to Hermione's country home. Hermione, enraged by Birkin's rejection of her, attacks him with a paperweight. He fends her off and staggers away. The fight signals that all is over between him and Hermione. 2. LOVE'S UNSMOOTH PATH. Ursula encounters Birkin by a mill pond and they take his punt to an island. There they talk about love - a word that Birkin insists has been vulgarised and will not use, because he seeks a relationship on a higher plane than the physical. But Ursula insists that love is all and at their next meeting Birkin gives in to her, calling her 'my way love'. Soon after, Gerald's father gives a water-party which all the Brangwens attend. Gudrun meets Gerald again; he gives the sisters a canoe and they paddle to an island. 3. DANCING AND DROWNING. While Ursula sings; Gudrun starts to dance and suddenly realises that a herd of Highland cattle is watching them. Undaunted, she dances up to them when a shout makes them stampede: Gerald and Birkin have arrived. Gudrun, annoyed, walks away and Gerald follows her. They argue and she strikes him, losing the self-control that is so important to her. However, the four return to the party as couples, Gudrun paddling Gerald in the canoe and Ursula with Birkin. As they cross the now dark waters, desperate cries are heard; Diana Crich, Gerald's sister, has fallen in and the young doctor has dived in to save her. Gerald dives repeatedly, but they are not found until dawn, when the drained lake reveals their corpses. 4. PROPOSALS. Birkin, ill again, ponders his relationship with Ursula, whose love he fears will overwhelm him. Gerald tells Birkin that he will offer Gudrun the post of art teacher to Winifred, his younger sister. As old Mr Crich is ill, Gerald has taken over the running of the family firm and reorganises it along more dynamic lines, obsessed with efficiency, mechanisation and the material world. Birkin finally confesses his love to Ursula, but when he goes to her home to propose to her, he meets her father first and the whole attempt proves a fiasco. 5. COMING TOGETHER. Humiliated, Birkin visits Gerald again. They talk and agree to a bout of naked wrestling. Birkin finds this an intensely moving experience, as he has long wanted a more intimate friendship with Gerald. After a visit to London, Gudrun is welcomed back by Winifred with flowers: she occupies the studio at Shortlands, the Crich family home. Birkin meets Ursula and takes her for a drive through the countryside. They quarrel but make up, and finally spend the night together in Sherwood Forest, united at last. 6. ONE MARRIAGE. Depressed by his father's death and needing someone else to supply his emotional strength, Gerald slips into Gudrun's house one night and sleeps with her. For her the night passes painfully slowly. Soon after, Ursula announces to her parents that she is to marry Birkin the next day, causing a row as her parents are upset by her independent, unconventional attitude. Gerald talks of marriage too, but does not mean it. After their wedding, Birkin and Ursula give up their respective jobs at Beldover and Gerald suggests all four go away for Christmas. Gudrun feels insulted that Gerald dare make plans for her, but nevertheless they set off for the Tyrol. 7. IN THE ALPS. At first all goes wonderfully well as they enjoy the freedom of the mountains. But Gudrun feels remote from Gerald, whose physical presences she adores but whose emotional and intellectual feebleness she despises. The two sisters enjoy the company of Loerke, a sculptor, but their men hate him. Ursula grows tired of the snow, however, so she and Birkin leave for Italy. 8. HATRED AND DEATH. Alone with Gerald, Gudrun is free to speak her mind. She says that she never loved him, but only pitied him. The hostility between them creates such a tension that sexually Gerald thrills Gudrun more than ever. Loerke is delighted to discover that she is not married to Gerald, and suggest that she goes to Dresden with him. Gerald hates Loerke but does not take him seriously. Instead, he feels a mounting desire to kill Gudrun. She announces that she is leaving and on her last day she goes out with Loerke. Gerald appears, hits Loerke and starts to strangle Gudrun. Then, realising the futility of this, he drops her and makes off, later dying in the snow. Birkin and Ursula hurry back, but Ursula finds her sister unmoved. Birkin is distraught at Gerald's death, bitterly resenting the way that he has been abandoned, for as he tells Ursula, he had loved and needed Gerald.Show more
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