Prose Style in D.H. Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers"

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Prose Style in D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers

[1]And after such an evening they both were very still, having known the immensity of passion. [2]They felt small, half afraid, childish, and wondering, like Adam and Eve when they lost their innocence and realized the magnificence of the power which drove them out of Paradise and across the great night and the great day of humanity. [3]It was for each of them an initiation and a satisfaction. [4]To know their own nothingness, to know the tremendous living flood which carried them always, gave them rest within themselves. [5]If so great a magnificent power could overwhelm them, identify them all together with itself, so that they knew they were only grains in the tremendous heave that lifted every grass-blade it's little height, and every tree, and living thing, then why fret about themselves? [6]They could let themselves be carried by life, and they felt a sort of peace each in the other.

[7]There was a verification which they had had together. [8]Nothing could nullify it, nothing could take it away; it was almost their belief in life.

[9]But Clara was not satisfied. [10]Something great was there, she knew; something great enveloped her. [11]But it did not keep her. [12]In the morning it was not the same. [13]They had known, but she could not keep the moment. [14]She wanted it again; she wanted something permanent. [15]She had not realized fully. [16]She thought it was he whom she wanted. [17]He was not safe to her. [18]This that had been between them might never be again; he might leave her. [19]She had not got him; she was not satisfied. [20]She had been there, but she had not gripped the--the something--she knew not what--which she was mad to have. (336-337)

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