St Mawr and The Virgin and the Gipsy

by D. H. Lawrence | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Journal Entry 1 by AnonymousFriend from Wantirna South, Victoria Australia on Sunday, April 07, 2019
St Mawr: The title is the name of a horse, bought by American heiress Lou for her husband, Australian and baronial heir, Rico.This is DH Lawrence, so a horse is not just a horse of course of course. After a stay in London, the couple decamp with Lou’s acerbic mother to the wilds of Wales, where St Mawr throws Rico, who ends up bed-ridden, and Lou decides she’s had enough. She follows her mother and eventually buys a run-down ranch somewhere in New Mexico. There are also a pair of grooms, a taciturn Welshman who came with St Mawr, and a Native American. In between the manly charms of the grooms, and the metaphor galloping through the text, Lawrence seems to have forgotten his plot.
The Virgin and the Gypsy: It was apparently written around 1926, but discovered among DH Lawrence’s papers after his death in 1930, and published later that same year. It actually reads like a parody. Flighty virginal young woman is attracted by animal charm of handsome gipsy, but then a local dam bursts and floods the area and the gipsy saves the young woman from the waters. There’s also some anti-semitism on display – the virgin makes friends with a Jewish divorcee (who is not actually divorced) and her laid-back boyfriend, and there are over-frequent references to the woman’s ethnicity. Lawrence was always very good about writing about landscape, although that’s not so much in evidence in this short novel.

Released 3 days ago (6/13/2019 UTC) at Melbourne Central Little Library in Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia


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