Lawrence's first novel is set in the Eastwood area of his youth, and involves such themes as the damage associated with mismatched marriages, and the border between town and country. The book includes some notable descriptions of nature and the impact of industrialisation, with a provincialism that may be compared with that of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy.
e romances. Tell us about it mother."
"About what, child?"
"When you used to play."
"Before my fingers were stiff with fifty odd years? Where have you been, Cyril, that you weren't in to dinner?"
"Only down to Strelley Mill," said I.
"Of course," said mother coldly.
"Why 'of course'?" I asked.
"And you came away as soon as Em went to school!" said Lettie.
"I did," said I.
They were cross with me, these two women. After I had swallowed my little resentment I said:
"They would have me stay to dinner."
My mother vouchsafed no reply.
"And has the great George found a girl yet?" asked Lettie.
"No," I replied, "he never will at this rate. Nobody will ever be good enough for him."
"I'm sure I don't know what you can find in any of them to take you there so much," said my mother.
"Don't be so mean, Mater," I answered, nettled. "You know I like them."
"I know you like her," said my mother sarcastically. "As