But sometimes he gets it exactly right, as in this passage from Women in Love:
"In sleep, you dream, in drink you curse, and in travel you yell at a porter. - No, work and love are the two. When you're not at work you should be in love" (267).
(Let's put to the side for the moment that it's the doomed Gerald who says that.)
I know people have problems with Lawrence, but God, Lawrence seduces me in spite of myself. I mean, he gets things totally wrong in the end - in the end, he's kind of a madman with some really screwed up ideas about relationships - but there are these flashes of brilliance in Lawrence that feel organic in ways that I rarely experience with another writer.
Tragically, when I'm not at work, I'm not in love. I think that might be a problem.
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