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The Trespasser [Kindle Edition]

D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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The manuscript of Lawrence's second novel, The Trespasser, survives, and this edition presents the text for the first time as Lawrence wrote it, restoring his sentence-structure and punctuation and correcting numerous errors. Elizabeth Mansfield's introduction explores the background of the novel, presents the publishing history and the novel's reception.

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"Take off that mute, do!" cried Louisa, snatching her fingers from the piano keys, and turning abruptly to the violinist. Helena looked slowly from her music. "My dear Louisa," she replied, "it would be simply unendurable." She stood tapping her white skirt with her bow in a kind of a pathetic forbearance. "But I can't understand it," cried Louisa, bouncing on her chair with the exaggeration of one who is indignant with a beloved. "It is only lately you would even submit to muting your violin. At one time you would have refused flatly, and no doubt about it." "I have only lately submitted to many things," replied Helena, who seemed weary and stupefied, but still sententious. Louisa drooped from her bristling defiance. "At any rate," she said, scolding in tones too naked with love, I don't like it." _"Go on from Allegro,"_ said Helena, pointing with her bow to the place on Louisa's score of the Mozart sonata. Louisa obediently took the chords, and the music continued. A young man, reclining in one of the wicker armchairs by the fire, turned luxuriously from the girls to watch the flames poise and dance with the music. He was evidently at his ease, yet he seemed a stranger in the room.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084912B0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,611 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red-Hot But Ill-Fated 30 April 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is Lawrence's second novel, sexier and more courageous in every way than his first, The White Peacock. It would appear to have been suggested by a brief news article about an inquest into the hanging death of a professor of music. Siegmund is a violinist who is married to Beatrice and has numerous kids. They live in Wimbledon, but he takes off with Helena, a fellow musician, for a week of red-hot but ill-fated love-making on the Isle of Wight. He is not portrayed very sympathetically, though he is definitely a Lawrentian figure. When he returns the family is not pleased. Helena and some girlfriends go down to Tintagel for a holiday, and when Helena's letters to Siegmund are not answered she decides to investigate. The writing is very evocative of the locales, and great bursts of mythological imagery enter his writing for the first time. This is a first-rate psychological study; Siegmund is a man of great potential but he suffers from myriad mysterious psychological flaws. Nothing in this novel is simple; nothing is obvious. Everything is subtle and understated, even the lovely natural descriptions that abound on every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story teller 26 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love stories of this calibre could not be written today.Lawrence's understanding of human relationships is expressed in such trenchant prose it leaves an emotional legacy long after putting down this fine example of great English literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the trespasser 4 Oct. 2012
By vicsgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Had some beautiful prose, but was excessive at points. The story had a predictable ending, which was obvious from the beginning. Descriptions of the sea were beautiful. Book was OK. Not his best work, I didn't think.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 July 2014
By foxlover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Contain Real Page Numbers 26 Nov. 2012
By W. Laine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Neither this nor other books by Lawrence in this Kindle edition have real page numbers, as amazon says they do, not on my K3!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A TEDIOUS SIMPLE TALE 14 April 2010
By LINDA LEVEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
THIS SHORT, SIMPLE TALE IS TYPICAL OF LAWRENCE. A MARRIED MAN--A MUSICIAN-- UNHAPPY IN HIS MARRIAGE, HAS AN AFFAIR WITH HIS STUDENT. THEN HE CANNOT FACE HIS FAMILY AND COMMITS SUICIDE. AFTER HIS SUICIDE, LIFE GOES ON. HIS FAMILY SUCCEED WITHOUT HIM, AND HIS YOUNG MISTRESS FINDS ANOTHER MAN TO LOVE HER.
ITS IS SIMPLE AND PREDICTABLE. THE BULK OF THE PIECE DESCRIBES THE DAYS IN WHICH THE LOVERS SPEND SOME DAYS TOGETHER, ALONE, AT THE SEASHORE, ENJOYING LOVE AND NATURE. IT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, BUT I FOUND IT TIRESOME AFTER A WHILE. LAWRENCE WRITES NOVELS OF PURE POETRY, BUT THE TALE DID NOT KEEP ME INTERESTED. IF I WANT POETRY, I'LL READ IT!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence feels too Impressionable 30 Nov. 1999
By David Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Trespasser is the tragic tale of Siemund, a music teacher with an unhappy family life, and his student, who becomes his lover. It isn't a worthless book, but your time would definately be better spent reading one of the famous Lawrence books - this is clearly the creation of a young, impressionable mind. For instance, Lawrence makes constant reference to Wagner's 'Ring' in the book, rubbing the reader's nose profusely in heavyhanded hints that Siemund is borrowed from the German composer's work.
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