D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Things to Consider:
- Development of Mood
- Consciousness of Class
- Gender Roles and Expectations
- According to the editors, what did Lawrence seek to
express in his poetry and fiction?
"The Horse Dealer's Daughter" (1922)
- What is the "insurgent naked throb of the instant moment"
- Describe the circumstances under
which the story begins.
- Describe Mabel's relationship with her brothers.
- Explain: "She would always hold the keys of her own situation"
- Explain: "She was conscious in herself, but
unconscious of her surroundings" (1308).
- Describe the significance of the language used to describe
the pond. What might the pond represent?
- Explain: "It was as if she had the life of his body
in her hands" (1309).
- Why does Mabel think that Jack loves her? Does he? Explain.
- Explain their final exchange. Is this a happy ending?
Other Discussion Questions:
- Explain: "She did not share the same life as
her brothers" (1301).
- Explain: "The horses were almost like his own body
to him" (1302).
- How is Fred Henry both like and unlike his brother Joe?
- Describe Mabel's relationship with her father.
- In what way is Mabel "coming nearer to her
- What does Mabel enjoy going to the churchyard?
- Explain: "[T]he life she followed in here in the
world was far less real than the world of death she
inherited from her mother" (1306).
- What does it mean to say that Mabel's
face is "portentous" (1306)?
- Describe Jack Ferguson's attitude toward the
people he serves.