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Excerpt from Lady Chatterley's Lover - Restored Modern Edition
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He went down again into the darkness and seclusion of the wood. But he knew that the seclusion of the wood was illusory. The industrial noises broke the solitude, the sharp lights, though unseen, mocked it. A man could no longer be private and withdrawn. The world allows no hermits. And now he had taken the woman, and brought on himself a new cycle of pain and doom. For he knew by experience what it meant.
It was not woman's fault, nor even love's fault, nor the fault of sex. The fault lay there, out there, in those evil electric lights and diabolical rattlings of engines. There, in the world of the mechanical greedy, greedy mechanism and mechanized greed, sparkling with lights and gushing hot metal and roaring with traffic, there lay the vast evil thing, ready to destroy whatever did not conform. Soon it would destroy the wood, and the bluebells would spring no more. All vulnerable things must perish under the rolling and running of iron.
He thought with infinite tenderness of the woman. Poor forlorn thing, she was nicer than she knew, and oh! so much too nice for the tough lot she was in contact with. Poor thing, she too had some of the vulnerability of the wild hyacinths, she wasn't all tough rubber-goods and platinum, like the modern girl. And they would do her in! As sure as life, they would do her in, as they do in all naturally tender life. Tender! Somewhere she was tender, tender with a tenderness of the growing hyacinths, something that has gone out of the celluloid women of today. But he would protect her with his heart for a little while. For a little while, before the insentient iron world and the Mammon of mechanized greed did them both in, her as well as him.
I bought this book to read with friends and haven't finished it yet, but am enjoying it.
DH Lawrence' complaints about the industrial revolution would be just as apt today - nothing has changed, really...not even human nature.
When you review a book, you should make sure the problem is with the book and not your e-reader.
If you've not read this book you should. It's a classic tale that's sure to make you think about the way life used to be compared to how it is now.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Goddess
I always judged Lawrence to be highbrow, but after reading "The Fox", I thought better of him. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sir henry
I love my 1 cup coffee pot. I throw a pod in and a cup of water Then start the big pot if I have company. I only do 1 cup a day so it is perfect. no waste, fast and simple.Published 10 months ago by ossakid
This was not as pictured in the description. The version that I got was old and worn out. I'm disappointed.Published 12 months ago by Crystal L
I do not know why I bought it or why I even finished it, perhaps because it was banned. Poorly written. I threw it in the garbage. D. H. Read morePublished 15 months ago by stuff
This is the most daring work of one of the best and most influential writers of the 20th century. I first read it a few years after the unexpurgated version came out in the US... Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by David R. Ingham
Several of my friends and I all have copies of this book and it is great! Our Kindle versions are perfect! Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by ardith marguleas
Am choking down my respect for D.H. Lawrence and my fear of being flamed by fellow English majors everywhere in order to go public with my honest but politically incorrect... Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by Jeanette Thomas