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It is many pages into Women in Love that you realize there are animals beneath the surface of these characters raw beings ready to turn into tigers and beasts and lurch out in very uncontrolled and primitive ways Its like reading Jane Austen with Freudian glasses-- the characters are polite gentle types but the descriptions of them are raw and fleshy and full of animal drives and desires Here Gerald swimming in a lake He loved his own vigorous thrusting motion and the violent impulse of the very cold water against his limbs buoying him up He could see the girls watching him a way off outside and that pleased him It was not till he was quite close that he perceived the girl He recoiled went pale and said in a high squealing voice Pussum what are you doing here The cafe looked up like animals when they hear a cry These types of images constantly occur making you feel that the characters burst into animals now and then then metamorph back into their fine English selves yet rumbling a bit below the surface There are desires and urges described which are contradictory and show a new set of drives behind the characters actions His licentiousness was repulsively attractive Gudrun was as if numbed in her mind by the sense of indomitable soft weight of the man bearing down into the living body of the horse the strong indomitable thighs of the blond man clenching the palpitating body of the mare into pure control a sort of soft white magnetic domination from the loins and thighs and calves enclosing and encompassing the mare heavily into unutterable subordination soft blood-subordination terrible There is also a continued double description that which happens on the surface and that which is going on underneath They were gone Ursula stood looking at the door for some moments Then she put out the
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