The Family: D H Lawrence


Of late years, the family has got hold of man, and begun to destroy him. When a man is clutched by his family, his deeper social instincts and intuitions are all thwarted, he becomes a negative thing.

D H Lawrence

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I suspect that here DHL does not mean mankind when he says ‘man’. This is a verbalised version of the famous Thurber cartoon where the house and the housewife are one and the same, a looming, threatening presence.

What do you think? In my view, it is a wise woman who gives her man plenty of rope…. 😉

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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5 Responses to The Family: D H Lawrence

  1. cookiecuckoo says:

    yeah, to hang himself with, Laura! what a statement from Lawrence. reminds me of Dickens. I like his writing but he was a total pig when it came to his wife. 😦

  2. Scott says:

    And by “negative thing”, he probably didn’t mean it in the modern sense of “bad”, but in the original sense of “absent”. Roughly, “he becomes a nonentity.”

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