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

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What does D.H. Lawrence say about love in his short story, "The Horse Dealer's Daughter?"

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In D.H. Lawrence's short story, "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," the speaker first mentions familial love. Mabel has known no love from her brothers—they have treated her as if she were invisible. However...

…she lived in the memory of her mother, who had died when she was fourteen, and who she had loved. She had loved her father, too, in a different way, depending upon him, and feeling secure in him, until at the age of fifty-four he married again.

Mabel's love for her mother is seen as the narrator describes the special pains she takes in caring for her mother's gravestone. When finished, she is "in a state bordering on pure happiness."

The reader can infer by Dr. Jack Fergusson's reaction at the sight of Mabel in the cemetery that she has somehow clutched at the strings of his heart, for he is not only "spellbound," but he also feels "delivered from his own fretted self."

There was a heavy power in her eyes which laid hold of his whole being, as if he had drunk some powerful...

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