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English 1022 Tutorial about "The Horse Dealer's Daughter"


Department
English
Course Code
English 1022E
Professor
David Bentley

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English Tutorial September 20, 2010
Tutorial on “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter
Jack (Dr. Ferguson)
-Fairly average
-Husky voice, coarseness, has a cold which is a metaphor for underlying
current of passion/emotion
-Gives impression that there’s more to Jack than meets the eye
-He doesn’t acknowledge Mabels’s presence at their first meeting.
-Has a very objective, scholarly view of the world
-Sees Mabel as ‘mystical’ and is attracted to her difference
-Experiences everything rationally, even when he goes into the water to save
Mabel.
-Jack is literally out of his element in water, so animalistic tendencies take
over his rational tendencies
-Out of his element because he can’t swim
-No longer able to judge the world rationally
-‘Baptism’ when Jack comes out of the water. He is born again, coming back
into the world.
-He is IN the world rather than just observing it “He knew he was in the
world” No longer just rational.
-Point of No Return
-Jack has a new interest in the world now
-Husk Metaphor
-At the beginning of the story Jack is covered in clothes, unaccessible.
-When he goes into the water his shell or clothes falls apart, making
him vulnerable.
Mabel
-Takes refuge in the churchyard.
-She’s not present in the other world, she can be at peace in the churchyard.
-Sinister, mysterious quality to her eyes.
-In the 19th century, men were usually the active ones and women, children and
animals the passive ones. Or, they were expected to be like that.
-Jack and Mabel switch roles in this story.
-Binary (2 Opposing things form a pair. You can’t think active without passive)
-“Ebb and Flow” - D.H’s view of how love is about give and take.