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D.H. Lawrence

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D.H. Lawrence

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

"The Horse Dealer's Daughter" is told by a third-person omniscient narrator who alternates between revealing Mabel's feelings at the beginning of the story and Jack Fergusson's at the end.


"The Horse Dealer's Daughter" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title refers to the protagonist of the story. Mabel Pervin is a 27-year-old unmarried woman whose life is changing as the family estate and horses are sold. Despite the title it can be argued that the local doctor shares center stage in the story, particularly at the end when the narrator focuses on the doctor's feelings and emotions. Lawrence's original title for the story was "The Miracle."


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