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SONS AND LOVERS

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Overview

PART I
1. The Early Married Life of the Morels
2. The Birth of Paul, and Another Battle
3. The Casting Off of Morel--The Taking on of William
4. The Young Life of Paul
5. Paul Launches into Life
6. Death in the Family

PART II

7. Lad-and-Girl Love
8. Strife in Love
9. Defeat of Miriam
10. Clara
11. The Test on Miriam
12. Passion
13. Baxter Dawes
14. The Release
15. Derelict




PART ONE



CHAPTER I

THE EARLY MARRIED LIFE OF THE MORELS

"THE BOTTOMS" succeeded to "Hell Row". Hell Row was a block of thatched,
bulging cottages that stood by the brookside on Greenhill Lane. There
lived the colliers who worked in the little gin-pits two fields away.
The brook ran under the alder trees, scarcely soiled by these small
mines, whose coal was drawn to the surface by donkeys that plodded
wearily in a circle round a gin. And all over the countryside were these
same pits, some of which had been worked in the time of Charles II, the
few colliers and the donkeys burrowing down like ants into the earth,
making queer mounds and little black places among the corn-fields and
the meadows. And the cottages of these coal-miners, in blocks and pairs
here and there, together with odd farms and homes of the stockingers,
straying over the parish, formed the village of Bestwood.

Then, some sixty years ago, a sudden change took place, gin-pits were
elbowed aside by the large mines of the financiers. The coal and iron
field of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire was discovered. Carston, Waite
and Co. appeared. Amid tremendous excitement, Lord Palmerston formally
opened the company's first mine at Spinney Park, on the edge of Sherwood
Forest.

About this time the notorious Hell Row, which through growing old had
acquired an evil reputation, was burned down, and much dirt was cleansed
away.

Carston, Waite & Co. found they had struck on a good thing, so, down the
valleys of the brooks from Selby and Nuttall, new mines were sunk, until
soon there were six pits working. From Nuttall, high up on the sandstone
among the woods, the railway ran, past the ruined priory of the
Carthusians and past Robin Hood's Well, down to Spinney Park, then on to
Minton, a large mine among corn-fields; from Minton across the farmlands
of the valleyside to Bunker's Hill, branching off there, and running
north to Beggarlee and Selby, that looks over at Crich and the hills of
Derbyshire: six mines like black studs on the countryside, linked by a
loop of fine chain, the railway.

To accommodate the regiments of miners, Carston, Waite and Co. built the
Squares, great quadrangles of dwellings on the hillside of Bestwood,
and then, in the brook valley, on the site of Hell Row, they erected the
Bottoms.

The Bottoms consisted of six blocks of miners' dwellings, two rows
of three, like the dots on a blank-six domino, and twelve houses in a
block. This double row of dwellings sat at the foot of the rather sharp
slope from Bestwood, and looked out, from the attic windows at least, on
the slow climb of the valley towards Selby.

The houses themselves were substantial and very decent. One could walk
all round, seeing little front gardens with auriculas and saxifrage in
the shadow of the bottom block, sweet-williams and pinks in the sunny
top block; seeing neat front windows, little porches, little privet
hedges, and dormer windows for the attics. But that was outside; that
was the view on to the uninhabited parlours of all the colliers' wives.
The dwelling-room, the kitchen, was at the back of the house, facing
inward between the blocks, looking at a scrubby back garden, and then at
the ash-pits. And between the rows, between the long lines of ash-pits,
went the alley, where the children played and the women gossiped and the
men smoked. So, the actual conditions of living in the Bottoms, that
was so well built and that looked so nice, were quite unsavoury because
people must live in the kitchen, and the kitchens opened on to that
nasty alley of ash-pits.

Mrs. Morel was not anxious to move into the Bottoms, which was already
twelve years old and on the downward path, when she descended to it from
Bestwood. But it was the best she could do. Moreover, she had an end
house in one of the top blocks, and thus had only one neighbour; on
the other side an extra strip of garden. And, having an end house, she
enjoyed a kind of aristocracy among the other women of the "between"
houses, because her rent was five shillings and sixpence instead of
five shillings a week. But this superiority in st
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012092786
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    Enter a world

    This book evokes a complete world as very few others I have read. The main characters are so well written you feel you know them, you sympathize with them, you can see them in your mind. It is also is a very sensual book at times. Lawrence creates sexual tension between the romantic leads, and uses natural settings to heighten those tensions. The book is ultimately about the relationships between the members of a family and their friends, and describes those relationships beautifully, but in the end, to me, sadly.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Read this book!

    I read this book for an APLIT project and overall, I thought the book was very good. It was interesting and not hard to read. Some parts drag on a bit and the characters' love affairs can get a little annoying towards the end of the book because it seems as if they can't make up their mind when it comes to being with someone. None the less, I would highly recommend the novel, and although it might take you a while to read, it's worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Small print, 26 pgs of spoiler you can skip at start

    Wanted to read for awhile now...others in series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Sons and lovers is book that deals with a middle class British f

    Sons and lovers is book that deals with a middle class British family everyone can relate to a character.


    The book deals relationships with family and the main character Paul Morel. The book starts of between how the mother and father and then it talks about the children Paul, William, and his sister. Anyway if you want to read about a british family in the nineteen twenty about their every struggles you should read this book. It will make you laugh, some parts will make you mad especially William and his girlfriend.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Terrible editing

    Too many typos.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Slow But Engaging

    It's one of those rare books that hooks you with emotional turmoil but also happens to be deeply tedious and slow. Not to turn anyone off - I'm glad I read it but you must be a patient reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    Can be a tiresome book - but to the point of being very interesting!

    It is difficult to describe D.H. Lawrence's second novel in terms of the effect it has upon the reader. While I read it - out of pleasure, not a school assignment 'as it usually is' - I was drawn into the story through frustration. Surely the characters could not be so ignorant of their situation! Surely things must get better! And just when you think things will shift in one direction, they go elsewhere, sucking you in again to see what happens. Mind you, it's not the feeling one may have with a mystery or suspense novel -- no, it is simply a story about human conflict during the turn of the 20th century in rural England. I'm sure my review only perplexes you even more. But, if you enjoy classic literature and human / familial conflict, you should enjoy this story as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Different

    I purchased this book in Eastwood England as I visited D.H. Lawrence's boyhood home. I found the book to be hard to read at times. Local colloquial language is sometimes used, which while it gives flavor to the book it also makes it necessary to refer to the interpretations in the back of the book. I would love to read D.H. Lwrence A Personal Record by Jessie Chambers. It is a rebuttal to the way she is portrayed in the book Sons and Lovers. I loved the story. Lawrence sometimes gets carried away describing the flowers and the countryside.

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