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The locomotive engine may be symbolic of Walter It is an overwhelming thing strong and powerful the way that Walter is a huge part of her life However it is also impersonable and cold just as her relationship to her husband is Her moments with her husband like the winding engine are hurried with brief pauses Lawrence describes their intimacy as an exchanging of nakedness but without any real connection for long periods of time The color red seems to symbolize death The beginning of the story presents the pit bank with flames like red sores like its ashy sides However death is not presented as a dreadful thing in this story In the end death is freedom for Elizabeth Even John says I do think its beautiful to look in the fire Its so red and full of little caves-- and it feels so nice In a way he is commenting on the mystery and beauty of passing on to the afterlife When Elizabeth goes to look for her husband there again is The red smear of the burning pit bank on the night Finally she lays her dead husband on the old red tablecloth D H Lawrences parents did not have a good marriage They probably did not know each other well before their marriage as they were ill-suited for each other The Bates do not really know one another they are married but strangers Lawrences father was an abusive alcoholic Walter Bates frequents the public house Characters Elizabeth Bates stifled long-suffering distant but caring with her family John Bates curious headstrong Walter Bates Insensitive absent Was this what it all meant--utter intact separateness obscured by the heat of living Elizabeth is questioning the reason for living Particularly she is wondering at her own existence Her life seems to have no meaning and she does not connect with any
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