We have attacked the study of Lawrence from several different angles. We have pursued his characterisation, his search for an ideal sexual relationship, how the novels present class and society, and imagery and symbolism. Each chapter has brought us some enlightenment about its particular focus; and at the same time we have found that the conclusions we reach build upon each other, or cross-reference, so that a little more light is shed onto the ‘whole’ works with each different analytical incursion. Can we draw together our different insights?. What can we now say about the nature of these three novels, and Lawrence’s achievement in them? The first time you read a novel by D.H. Lawrence, you know that you are in the presence of a highly individual effect: his writing has a distinct and powerful personality which forces itself on your attention. Each detailed analysis of a passage has added to our understanding of many different ways in which this effect is achieved. We do not want to revisit these points in the present chapter, however: rather, we are looking for larger correspondences and connections, generalisations that will bring the details of analytical work together and enhance our ‘overview’ of what Lawrence has created.
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