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The Horse Dealer's Daughter

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Elena Varela

on 25 February 2014

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The Horse Dealer's Daughter
What happened?
Let's get Technical!
Quote me. I'm important!
By: D. H. Lawrence
Who was D. H. Lawrence?
What else has D. H. Lawrence Written?
Shut UP!!
The overall point of view is subjective third-person omniscient
Narrator is outside the story
Allows the reader to feel the emotions of the characters
Pulls reader in
Consists of three parts:
Part One: focuses on all characters
Part Two: focuses on Mabel’s perspective
Part Three: focuses on Dr. Jack Fergusson’s perspective

Mabel Pervin
Round, Dynamic character
Revealed through direct characterization
"Horse Dealer's Daughter"
“Short, sullen-looking young woman of twenty-seven”
“…so long as there was money, the girl felt herself established, and brutally proud, reserved.”
Strong-willed and stubborn
Refuses to accept the loss of her home, which had practically become her whole life
“Now, for Mabel, the end had come. Still…she would always hold the keys to her own situation.”
Terrified of the unknown and unfamiliar
Joe Pervin
• Flat, Static character
• Antagonist
• Revealed through direct characterization

• Eldest brother
• “…man of thirty-three, broad and handsome in a hot, flushed way. His face was red, he twisted his black moustache over a thick finger, his eyes were shallow and restless.”
• “…engaged to a woman as old as himself, and therefore her father, who was steward of a neighboring estate, would provide him with a job.”
• Self-centered, but heartbroken over the loss of the horses

Fred Henry Pervin
• Flat, Static character
• Antagonist
• Revealed through direct characterization

• Second Eldest brother
• “erect, clean-limbed, alert. He had watched the passing of the horses with more sang-froid.”
• “…he carried himself with a well-tempered air of mastery. But he was not master of the situations of life.”
• Unconcerned, cold-blooded, controlling

Malcolm Pervin
• Flat, Static Character
• Antagonist
• Revealed through direct characterization

• Youngest brother
• “He was the baby of the family, a young man of twenty-two, with a fresh, jaunty ‘nose’”
• “If I was her, I should go in for training for a nurse”
• Most logical of the three
Joseph Pervin
Minor character
Revealed through direct characterization
“Father of the [Pervin] family”
“…a man of no education, who had become a fairly large horse dealer.”
“…married a second time, to retrieve his fortunes. Now he was dead and everything was gone to the dogs, there was nothing but debt and threatening.”

Jack Fergusson
• Round, Dynamic Character
• Protagonist/Hero
• Revealed through direct and indirect characterization

Town Doctor
“…a young man entered. He was muffled up in an overcoat and a purple woolen scarf, and his tweed cap…was pulled down on his head. He was of medium height, his face was rather long and pale, his eyes looked tired.”
He has a cold
Saves Mabel from her suicide attempt
Falls madly in love with her and promises to marry her

Point of View
Plot Structure
What's the special?
Born David Herbert Lawrence
Short story writer, poet, and essayist of the 1900s ­
Often wrote about sex and primitive desire ­controversial among peers
His imagery was indicative of his interest in poetry
Grew up in a mining community
Died at 45 from tuberculosis

Sexual Awakening
Sons and Lovers
The Rainbow
Women in Love
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Short Stories
The Captain Doll
The Fox
The Ladybird
Odour of Chrysanthemums
The Princess
The Rocking-Horse Winner
St. Mawr
The Virgin and the Gypsy and the Woman who Wrote Away
Figurative Language
"it was like looking into another world"

" He had felt weak and done before. Now the life came back to him..."
"...'I want you,' which frightened her almost more than her horror lest he should not want her."

New Life
Thank you for your attention.

Season: Winter
Time: early 1920’s
Location: Small English town in the country
Integral part of story
Serves as the background story, connecting the horses to the fall out of the family
Pond is the place that sets the whole romantic relationship between Mabel and Fergusson in motion.

Narrative Hook
First sentence:
“Well, Mabel, what are you going to do with yourself?”

The horse dealer’s daughter is Mabel Pervin, one of five children. She is apathetic and depressed, and does not respond when her brothers speak to her. Her family has lost all of their money after their father died, leaving Mabel with nowhere to go unless she goes to live with her sister.

Rising Action
Mabel is in the cemetery caring for her mother’s grave, which is an activity that always brings her peace of mind. Jack Fergusson, a doctor and friend of Mabel’s brother Fred, sees her doing this. Later, Jack sees her walking by a pond.

Jack witnesses Mabel walking into the pond, apparently trying to end her life. He jumps in to rescue her and pulls her out, though she is cold and unconscious. He is able to resuscitate her.
Falling Action
Jack brings Mabel back to her house and changes her clothes. Mabel questions him on his motives for saving her. Mabel states that the only reason for him saving her is that he loves her. Jack hesitantly admits that he does, and kisses her.

Jack and Mabel agree to marry, though neither is sure if true love is actually present, or if the relationship is simply the result of spontaneous feelings of passion.

Both Mabel and Jack experience internal conflicts. Mabel is in conflict with the circumstances arising from her father’s death and believes she has no future. Jack is in conflict with himself over whether or not he should become romantically involved with Mabel.

Pg. 386
“Her hands were drawing him, drawing him down to her. He was afraid, even a little horrified. For he had, really, no intention of loving her. Yet her hands were drawing him towards her. He put out his hand quickly to steady himself, and grasped her bare shoulder. A flame seemed to burn the hand that grasped her soft shoulder. He had no intention of loving her: his whole will was against his yielding. It was horrible – And yet wonderful was the touch of her shoulder, beautiful the shining of her face. Was she perhaps mad? He had a horror of yielding to her. Yet something in him ached also.”

Pg. 382
“But the stables were empty. Joseph Pervin, the father of the family, had been a man of no education, who had become a fairly large horse dealer. The stables had been full of horses, there was a great turmoil and come-and-go of horses and of dealers and grooms. Then the kitchen was full of servants. But of late things had declined. The old man had married a second time, to retrieve his fortunes. Now he was dead and everything was gone to the dogs, there was nothing but debt and threatening.”
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