David Herbert Lawrence

Women in Love

Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920. It is a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula. Gudrun Brangwen, an artist, pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, an industrialist. Lawrence contrasts this pair with the love that develops between Ursula and Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual who articulates many opinions associated with the author. The emotional relationships thus established are given further depth and tension by an unadmitted homoerotic attraction between Gerald and Rupert. The novel ranges over the whole of British society at the time of the First World War and eventually ends high up in the snows of the Swiss Alps.
As with most of Lawrence's works, Women in Love caused controversy over its sexual subject matter. One early reviewer said of it, «I do not claim to be a literary critic, but I know dirt when I smell it, and here is dirt in heaps — festering, putrid heaps which smell to high Heaven.»
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    helleenahas quoted19 days ago
    'Why should you always be DOING?' she retorted. 'It is so plebeian. I think it is much better to be really patrician, and to do nothing but just be oneself, like a walking flower.'

    'I quite agree,' he said, 'if one has burst into blossom. But I can't get my flower to blossom anyhow. Either it is blighted in the bud, or has got the smother–fly, or it isn't nourished. Curse it, it isn't even a bud. It is a contravened knot.'
    missninahas quotedlast year
    'Don't you find yourself getting bored?' she asked of her sister. 'Don't you find, that things fail to materialise? NOTHING MATERIALISES! Everything withers in the bud.'

    'What withers in the bud?' asked Ursula.

    'Oh, everything—oneself—things in general.'
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    'You wouldn't consider a good offer?' asked Gudrun.

    'I think I've rejected several,' said Ursula.

    'REALLY!' Gudrun flushed dark—'But anything really worth while? Have you REALLY?'

    'A thousand a year, and an awfully nice man. I liked him awfully,' said Ursula.

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