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The Shadow in the Rose Garden

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A good-looking lady marries a man Frank, who is lower than her in status. She had been in love with an army man Archie, who later went to war and was reported dead of sunstroke. Exactly at the day when she received the news of her lover’s death she met her to-be- husband and decided to marry him. Though she married Frank, would she be able to forget her lover Archie?
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Addy
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"She looked at him. His hands seemed gross to her, the back of his head paltry". DH Lawrence is unforgiving in documenting the tenuous relationship between a husband and wife; and the idea of unrequited love. There's a scene that precedes this encounter. The woman (who like the man is purposely nameless) meets her lover in a garden. This incident is surreal—I'm not even sure if it took place. Reading it was like being inside someone's dream:

"She was more than a rose, a rose that could not quite
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Anastasia
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Two important components of this short story: Tragedy and Jealousy. Tragedy of an insane kind of jealousy and the emotion of jealousy evolves and becomes an irrational sentiment that turns into malice in its most beastly form.
The theme of the story is that life is never going to offer you a rose garden (happiness), there is always something lurking around the corner that is going to challenge you and you have to overcome.
Thabata
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“The Shadow in the Rose Garden” left me utterly dumbfounded. Not because of the turn of events per se, but because of what D. H. Lawrence was capable to incite within me, how he made me feel. The characters swift for the reader to discover them. At first, you tend to dislike enormously the selfish, self-centered and irritating husband. Then, your dislike shifts to the wife, later on it turns to engulf both of them. The ending could not be more proper, for their mutual feeling becomes your own. ...more
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
An mystical short story where a woman is briefly reunited with the love of her life who died in the war. The setting is a beautiful rose garden over looking the sea.
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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 ...more