In Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," why does the narrator tell us at the story's end that Fergusson "had no intention of loving" Mabel? What idea does this repeated assertion convey?

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In D.H. Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," the narrator presents the notion that life can often astonish us.

Mabel and Fergusson are very different people: she has grown up with nature, and he has concentrated on the sciences, becoming a doctor. And while part of him distances himself from Mabel, the part of her that resists her brothers when they push her around and has survived so long in an atmosphere lacking love and gentleness, may be what draws Fergusson. The scientific side of him may not know how to handle the idea of Mabel: who comes so strangely to the forefront of his life just as her world begins to crumble around her.

They are not unknown to each other: her brothers know Fergusson well. They all greet him. Nothing passes between Fergusson and Mabel. When she rises to clear the table:

The young man looked at her, but did not address her. He had not greeted her. She went out of the room with a tray, her face impassive and unchanged.

It seems there is nothing between them. However,...

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