In Lady Chatterley's Lover, Lawrence comes full circle to argue once again for individual regeneration, which can be found only through the relationship between man and woman (and, he asserts sometimes, man and man).
Love and personal relationships are the threads that bind this novel together.
Lawrence explores a wide range of different types of relationships.
The reader sees the brutal, bullying relationship between Mellors and his wife Bertha, who punishes him by preventing his pleasure.
There is Tommy Dukes, who has no relationship because he cannot find a woman whom he respects intellectually and, at the same time, finds desirable.
There is also the perverse, maternal relationship that ultimately develops between Clifford and Mrs. Bolton, his caring nurse, after Connie has left.
Mind and body
Richard Hoggart argues that the main subject of Lady Chatterley's Lover is not the sexual passages that were the subject of such debate but the search for integrity and wholeness.
Key to this integrity is cohesion between the mind and the body for "body without mind is brutish; mind without body...is a running away from our double being."
Lady Chatterley's Lover focuses on the incoherence of living a life that is "all mind", which Lawrence saw as particularly true among the young members of the aristocratic classes, as in his description of Constance's and her sister Hilda's "tentative love-affairs" in their youth:
So they had given the gift of themselves, each to the youth with whom she had the most subtle and intimate arguments.
The arguments, the discussions were the great thing: the love-making and connexion were only sort of primitive reversion and a bit of an anti-climax.
The contrast between mind and body can be seen in the dissatisfaction each has with their previous relationships: Constance's lack of intimacy with her husband who is "all mind" and Mellors's choice to live apart from his wife because of her "brutish" sexual nature.
These dissatisfactions lead them into a relationship that builds very slowly and is based upon tenderness, physical passion, and mutual respect.
As the relationship between Lady Chatterley and Mellors develops, they learn more about the interrelation of the mind and the body; she learns that sex is more than a shameful and disappointing act, and he learns about the spiritual challenges that come from physical love.
Neuro-psychoanalyst Mark Blechner identifies the "Lady Chatterley phenomenon" in which the same sexual act can affect people in different ways at different times, depending on their subjectivity.
He bases it on the passage in which Lady Chatterley feels disengaged from Mellors and thinks disparagingly about the sex act: "And this time the sharp ecstasy of her own passion did not overcome her; she lay with hands inert on his striving body, and do what she might, her spirit seemed to look on from the top of her head, and the butting of his haunches seemed ridiculous to her, and the sort of anxiety of his penis to come to its little evacuating crisis seemed farcical.
Yes, this was love, this ridiculous bouncing of the buttocks, and the wilting of the poor insignificant, moist little penis."
Shortly thereafter, they make love again, and this time, she experiences enormous physical and emotional involvement: "And it seemed she was like the sea, nothing but dark waves rising and heaving, heaving with a great swell, so that slowly her whole darkness was in motion, and she was ocean rolling its dark, dumb mass."
Lady Chatterley's Lover, Wikipedia
PICTURES: from the Denman Library
Kato, you've simply quoted from the Wikipedia. How about your own opinion?
My opinion?...well..."Lady Chatterley's Lover" has been remade several times. In 2006, it was directed by Pascale Ferran, a French woman, in cooperation with the stuff of Belgium and the United Kingdom.
What's so special about the 2006 film?
It was made by a female director---a French woman.
Are you saying that the French woman appreciated the D.H. Lawrence's work very much?
Yes, she did. She talked about her film---the scene in the woods in particular:
"It is known that three original manuscripts of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' remain today.
The first manuscript is something like a draft.
The second was published in the form of a fiction, and the third turned into a film three times in the past.
I made the forth film based on the second manuscript.
In the third manuscript, many characters talked about their own actions while, in the second, unexplained parts remain yet psychological changes revealed themselves, impressing me greatly.
I've found a pure love in the story as if a love story was told for the first time in the human history.
Constance (Lady Chatterley) and the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, went naked in a hut in the woods and gave each other a floral head decoration. To me, it was two hearts combined together.
Then both lovers ran around in the buff like two playful children while their whole bodies expressed a heart-felt joy. Both scenes are included in the original manuscript and became two important scenes in my film.
I wanted to capture their psychological changes as well as sensual pleasure and smell.
In other words, I wanted to make my film appeal to the senses of the audience.
Translated by Kato
"Obscenity and Lady Chatterley"
(Decmber 2, 2010) 『ワイセツとチャタレイ夫人』
So, the above two scenes are beauty in her eyes as well as in yours, aren't they?
You're right on, Diane. The film did appeal to my senses beautifully, indeed.
Wow! Did you see the official trailer?
I think it's a bit obscene and salacious---especially when both make love in the woods.
de Pascale Ferran (2006)
Constance (Lady Chatterley) mounted on the thighs of the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors.
She absorbed in the oozing sensation.
Oh, what a sensual scene!
Don't you think so?
My heart throbbed like mad while I watched the above trailer.
Unity between mind and body is one thing; romance is another.
Come to think of it, I've never met a decent man in my life.
How come I'm always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Diane met Kato.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.