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English 1022 Lecture on "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" by D.H Lawrence

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English 1022E
David Bentley

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English Lecture September 21, 2010
English Lecture on “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” by D.H Lawrence
On the Board:
Reading “Against the Grain”
“The artist usually sets out - or used to - to point a moral and adorn a tale. The tale, however,
points the other way, as a rule. Two blankly opposing morals, the artist's and the tale's. Never .
trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist
who created it.” - D.H Lawrence
-The brothers call Mabel a ‘bitch’ but call the dog ‘b----” = they have more respect for the dog
over Mabel
1. Transfiguration of Sight (2595)
a. Quick = alive. Jack’s ‘quick eyes’ means that he has the potential to live.
2. Transfiguration of Touch (Superficial)
a. The rescue from the pond is the climactic moment of Part 2.
b. Christ and Venus-like figure emerging from water.
c. Superficial touch is all that’s happened so far (to the end of Part 2)
d. Jack is torn between the desire to touch Mabel and avoid her at all costs.
e. (2598) Jacks Work Self vs. Private Self
i. “He was amazed” - in a maze
ii. “bewildered” - in the wild
3. Transfiguration of Touch (2598 par.12)
a. 2599: Mabel gets him to change clothes because they remind her of her brothers clothes.
b. At the beginning it seems like Mabel’s life will be the focus, but when the Dr. comes into
the picture his life becomes the center of drama. (Pattern in history where women take a
secondary role)
Hierarchy of Positions
-Jack is standing, Mabel kneeling
-Jack is clothed, Mabel naked
-Mabel gets him tea; she starts serving him
-Jack is patronizing at the end “don’t be silly”
-Mabel has moved from possession of her father to Jack, and lost all identity she
previously might have had