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The Horse Dealer's Daughter

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  200 ratings  ·  7 reviews
D.H. Lawrence's 'The Horse Dealer's Daughter' could be described as a story in which boy meets girl. Its plot, on the surface, resembles that of any number of traditionally romantic pastorals: a country boy saves a country girl from drowning, sees something in her that he never saw before, and, at the end of the story, proposes marriage. But, as we soon see, there is nothi ...more
Published (first published August 24th 1922)

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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This is how easy it is for a man to fall in love. He is alone with a woman. Not ugly, or too old, or very young, but he had never checked her out before, had never thought of even flirting with her. But they are alone. And the woman cries and tells him she loves him. Or that likes him, and she doesn't cry but smiles. And he smells her, and feels her, and absorbs her body heat, her hair tickling his facial skin. So he says he loves her too.

The horse dealer's daughter lifted her face to the young
Jennifer M. Hartsock
When Mabel is on the porch with her brothers, she continuously ignores their questions: “The girl did not answer.” “The girl did not move a muscle.” “There was no answer.” “This was received by silence.” Her silence continues as the brothers discuss their crucial situation and their future living arrangements. “But she made no answer. There was silence of futility and irritation in the room.” “The face of the young woman darkened, but she sat immutable.” “There was silence, Mabel sat on like one ...more
More than a little strange, more than a little confusing, a little more than simply weird. Perhaps I'm too stupid to understand the higher form of this but those couple of pages were struggle to get through.
D. H. Lawrence has got to be an author with one of the most unique writing styles I've ever read. The other day I'd been reading up on Freud, who is hands-down the horniest psychologist in the history of psychology. But to have sensuality in the way that Lawrence portrays it, with the main female protagonist pressing her chest against "his thighs.. his knees, his legs..." is quite something. Interesting.. will be checking up on Lawrence another day.
Chris Mitchell
Not entirely too much happens, but I must admit that I sincerely appreciate Lawrence's writing. It may not be his finest text, but it's probably the first time I was able to take notice of what talent he has. There is, after all, a reason his writing has been canonized.
Obviously I am taking a Literature class. This was a story that began with complete hopelessness and ended with a glimmer of hope. Gotta love a happy ending.
The Horse Dealer's Daughter was ok but not something I would read again. I may check out other stories by this author though.
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel ...more
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