Critic Jeffrey Mayers writes of D.H.Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter,"
His conscious debt to literary tradition enhances rather than diminishes his originality.
Clearly, Lawrence draws from biblical, classical, Shakespearean, and Romantic literature in his tale of the impassive, reserved Mabel who dwells in the "world of death...inherited from her mother," attempting to drown her self like Hamlet's Ophelia, and the Miltonian God-like Fergusson who figuratively breathes life back into Mabel. Also, as in Goethe's Elective Affinities, like the character Edouard,who rescues Ottolie from having jumped from their boat in order to punish him for his indifference, Fergusson undresses Mabel, and when she regains consciousness, she spontaneously flings her arms around him in a passionate declaration of love for his selfless,loving action.
Here, then, are the requested elements of the story:
The struggles of this story are both internal and external. The external conflicts involve the...
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