The Horse Dealer's Daughter by D. H. Lawrence

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Please identify the theme of initiation in D.H. Lawrence's short story "The Horse Dealer's Daughter."

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Initiation is defined as...

[…a] ceremony, ritual, test, or period of instruction with which a new member is admitted to an organization or office or to knowledge.

In D.H. Lawrence's short story "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," the theme of initiation can be seen in the relationship that develops between Mabel and Jack Fergusson, the town doctor.

An analysis of the story indicates that there are two forces working between Mabel and Jack, which control who they are and how they initially act—not only with others, but in particular with each other.

While Mabel has no concern for her brothers and reveals nothing of her plans after they are forced to leave the horse farm, the reader discovers that there is an unseen and profound complexity to her that will later come as a surprise; she has the

...ability to see the situation and respond deeply to it.

In direct contrast, Jack Fergusson

…represents "mental consciousness," which has all the power of logic and science, but which cannot by itself...

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