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

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What is the central theme of "The Horse Dealer's Daughter"?

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Certainly any work of literature could be argued to have a number of different themes, and this excellent short story by D. H. Lawrence is no exception. However, one of the themes that I found interesting was the way that society is regarded. Throughout this short story, the two central characters are variously shown to be repressed by society, albeit in different ways.

Mabel is clearly impacted greatly by society because of her poverty. Consider how the text describes this impact:

Why should she think? Why should she answer anybody? It...

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