The overall trajectory of Lawrence’s experimentation with the initiatory pattern strangely mirrors the structure of The Rainbow: just as successive Brangwen generations progressively lose connection with their sources of vitality and integration, so too does Lawrence gradually lose contact with his own most creative—energetic, positive, and inventive—resources. It is as if in portraying the decline of the Brangwen generations, he prophesied his own physical, emotional, and artistic decline. The result is that The Rainbow is the most effective embodiment of the transformative pattern, and The Plumed Serpent the least effective. Lady Chatterley’s Lover can be considered a final rallying of resources before the ultimate fall into death.
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- 1.See Brenda Maddox, D. H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994) 460.Google Scholar