The Horse Dealer 's Daughter By D. H. Lawrence

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The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D. H. Lawrence is a British piece of literature set in a 1920’s English country that portraits an uncommon boy meets girl love story. Lawrence short narration cuts the romanticism built in the plot to reflect the dark and conflicting feelings of the main characters. The story is narrated in an ancient death rebirth symbolism. The main characters are Mabel, the horse dealer’s daughter, and Jack, the town’s doctor. In the beginning they are both at the edge of an emotional crisis and in the end they are renewed by a symbolic baptism and fell deeply in love. Mabel is at an end of her financial, emotional, and spiritual recourses. Recently, she discovered that her family has mislaid all its finances; they all can depart and erect their lives, but Mabel. There are suggestions on the table of what Mabel should do, such as going to live with a sister or becoming a domestic worker; however, she has run the family 's household ever since the death of her mother, and neither are acceptable options to Mabel. Mabel’s mother died when she was 14 years’ old leaving a trauma because she felt that her mother was the only one that loved her. In a sense, she felt an uncertain love from her father, who remarried and subsequently died and left the family bankrupt losing the house and the business. Through her life, Mabel has lived an emotionally cold atmosphere, as her siblings are constantly verbally abusing her. For instance, the narrator says that despite her beauty her brothers called her “bull-dog” alluding to the expressionless fixity of her face. Mabel is also obsessed with her dead mother to a point that she glorifies what her her mother was and the image left behind after her death. The narrator says: “Mind... ... middle of paper ... ...in temperature. Later after Mabel regains consciousness, she asks “Do you love me, then?” However, Jack resist her love because he wants to maintain an impersonal relationship with Mabel. Jacks liberation from his old self starts when he accepts his love for Mabel. Although accepting it cost him a painful effort because the feeling was too newly true. Jack’s liberation is entirely complete when he kisses Mabel; the narrator says: “She lifted her face to him, and he bent forward and kissed her on the mouth, gently, with the one kiss that is an eternal pledge … He never intended to love her. But now it was over. He had crossed over the gulf to her, and all that he had left behind had shriveled and become void.” Finally, the bond between them becomes so deep that Jack would marry Mabel as quickly as possible, as if he does not want to give a chance to a change of mind.

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