Lawrence’s The Horse Dealer’s Daughter and Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party Controlling the movements of the short stories, death is a regnant theme in D.H.
"The Horse Dealer's Daughter" is a story from the middle period of D. H. Lawrence's writing career and was collected in 1922 in . The story is set in the wake of the death of a horse dealer, when life seems to be over for the rest of his family as well. The eldest son plans to get a job by marrying the daughter of a steward of a neighboring estate: "He would marry and go into harness. His life was over, and he would be a subject animal now." The daughter, 27-year-old Mabel, refuses this kind of death-in-life, preferring to follow her beloved mother into death. She attempts suicide, but the young doctor, Jack Fergusson, rescues her from drowning and restores her to life literally. When she kisses him, "this introduction of the personal element" is to him—at first—a distasteful "violation of his professional honour." Her eyes, her drawing him to her, his touching of her shoulder, which seems to burn his hand—all cause him to yield to her, and then he finds he wants to remain holding her "for ever, with his heart hurting him in a pain that was also life to him." She suddenly feels she must seem horrible to him: it is a reaction he did in fact have earlier, but eventually he wants to marry her.
Lawrence’s “The Horse-Dealer’s Daughter”....
Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter." The brothers, and their friend Jack Fergusson, worry because the sister, Mabel, will not tell them what she intends to do with herself.