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By Prof R P Draper, R. P. Draper

Arguable English novelist, infamous for the explicitness of his writings. Writings comprise: Sons and fans, woman Chatterley's Lover, ladies in Love. quantity covers the interval 1909-1931 (grouped via novels/poems).

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That is why we always find the result of elections nowadays so surprising. But those of us who have read The White Peacock—this political document developed along the lines of passionate romance— will be more or less prepared. 39 6. Unsigned review in Daily News 14 February 1911, 3 In a letter to his sister, Ada, 26 April 1911, Lawrence refers to this review: ‘Did you see that ’rageous review in the Daily News? It amused me. I’d upset that man whoever he was, hadn’t I? ’ The White Peacock stands, apparently, as an image of the soul of a woman: ‘all vanity and screech and defilement’, says Annable, the game-keeper, whose creed it was to ‘be a good animal’.

This is a really masterly study of passion, now wordless and pitiful, now strung to its utmost intensity of self-expression when the man realizes his weakness, and his own words hurt him like blows. Lettie loves his physical strength and the completeness of his submission, and, wisely enough, according to her lights, marries the other man because his money and social position make him a more suitable match. It is clever of Mr. Lawrence to compel us to sympathize both with George and Lettie. We are made to feel that they are both hard driven by their natures, and are not to be blamed for the inevitable catastrophe.

The narrator of the story, the flirt’s brother Cyril, has a strong liking 34 ALLAN MONKHOUSE IN Manchester Guardian for George, but unfortunately he takes an interest in the farmer’s mental and artistic welfare. From Omar Khayyam George has to go on to George Moore. Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Melville are spread before his eyes. Letty talks French at him—and even Latin. They talk Strauss and Debussy at him while he and Meg are keeping a public-house! No wonder he takes to drink, and that we leave him doubtfully recovering from delirium tremens.

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