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In The Horse Dealers Daughter symbols are used to fulfill the quest of happiness and love This love story written by DH Lawrence has many symbols which show hidden meaning One can fully understand a story if one can point out certain symbols Symbols create ideas and images for the reader to better understand the story Mabel one of the two main characters in this story is depressed and suicidal After her mother died she feels like there is nothing to live for Her mother was the love and joy in her life without her she is lost All she has left is her house which she is extremely proud of and her brother which she seems not to care for She decides to release herself from her troubles by drowning herself in a pond The other main character Dr Fergusson sees her and tries to save her life This pond is a strong symbol with many meanings It is a start of a new experience and a change of two peoples livesThe pond is described as dead and cold This symbolizes that Dr Fergusson had no feelings for Mabel before the incident The narrator describes the pond as lifeless right before the doctor had entered it Before going in the relationship between them was dead and cold and they had no passionate feelings for one another Dr Fergusson tries to rescue Mabel for no other reason but because he was doing his job The pond also describes Dr Fergussons life as dull and pointless His life was still and silent before he had met her He was afraid to go in too deep into the pond and was afraid of drowning This represents his fear of falling in love He was scared of the water because he could not swim and also because he was scared of love He never experienced it so it frightened him When he finally falls in he felt Mabels
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