The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D.H. Lawrence
In the story “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter”, by D.H. Lawrence, a question arises that would allow the reader to deeply analyze the characters of Mabel and Fergusson: how does the pond reveal the character of Mabel and Fergusson and their relationship for each other? By answering this question it will encourage the reader to see how the different setting and plot is symbolized and how it affects the characters of Mabel and Fergusson.
Fergusson is introduced into the story as a doctor that saves lives and attends to people’s wounds. “He finished his duties at the surgery as quickly as might be, hastily filling up the bottles of the waiting people with cheap drugs. Then, in perpetual haste, he set off again to visit several cases in another part of his round, before tea-time”(383). Dr. Fergusson tries to for full his job of a doctor by treating as mean as possible. As we continue on in the story we find that Dr. Fergusson’s life is dull and pointless to him. “ Nothing but work, drudgery, constant hastening from dwelling to dwelling among the colliers and the iron-workers”(383).
Mabel is introduced into the story as a plain, independent, and uninteresting woman. She hardly ever showed emotion on her face. In fact her face usually remained emotionless and unchanged. Mabel often felt insecure and felt that no one loved her in the world. Sometimes it seemed that Mabel wanted to escape her life. One place Mabel felt secure and immune from the world was at her mother’s grave. “Carefully she clipped the grass from the grave, and arranged the pinky white, small chrysanthemums in the tin cross. When this was done, she took an empty jar from a neighboring grave, brought water, and carefully, most scrupulously sponged the marble headstone and the coping-stone. It gave her sincere satisfaction to do this. She felt in immediate contact with the world of her mother,” (383). “There, she always felt secure, as if no one...