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In the twenty-sixth chapter of DH Lawrences Women in Love much is shown about the relationship between not only Ursula and Birkin but also between men and women as a whole The chapter begins with Ursula and Birkin on an outing shopping for a piece of furniture While the novel is usually very descriptive when it comes to facial expressions and personal appearances it does not usually describe in any detail places visited in the novel unless they are somewhat filthy or poor The chapter begins with a very vivid description of the market place in which they visit It is small poor dirty and meager and both Ursula and Birkin seem almost embarrassed to be there This shows that they are conscious of their class standing They are not married and do not even have a house to furnish Nevertheless they both seem fairly intent on making some sort of purchase as any proper young couple would do They have a high social status and are evidently fairly well off yet they travel to this poor part of town to purchase furniture they dont really want or need This shows their inherent yet subconscious desire for the domestic Both claim frequently to be free from the world and the need for belongings yet they still find themselves here After having purchased a chair they immediately become angry with each other for no apparent reason and decide that life with a house and a chair is most definitely not for them It is Birkin that is overly concerned with the need to be free yet Ursula is the one who first decides that she doesnt want the chair The chair is not only a symbol of the domestic lifestyle but also of a tie to the world To Ursula it is a tie to the past while to Birkin it is a tie to the future Ursula is very threatened by the past because she
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