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In DH Lawrences Odour of Chrysanthemums is about the symbolization of chrysanthemums the feeling Elizabeth Bates has towards her husband Elizabeth waits anxiously for her husband to return for dinner After a day down the pits she is concerned for his safety and at the same time angry at the trouble he has made for her by coming home late and drunk so often She ponders their poor relationship and tries to keep up appearances with her two young children After unsuccessfully trying the pubs and neighbors the word comes that there has been an accident and that her husband has been killed It was chrysanthemums when I married him and chrysanthemums when you were born When John her son tears at the ragged wisps of chrysanthemums and dropped the petals she feels sorry for the flowers and for herself and taking a twig of flowers she held them against her face in fond memory of the way the marriage used to be And the instead of laying the flower aside she pushed it in her apron-band She wears the flower as an emblem to their now useless familiar relationship just as some people wear armbands at a funeral Yet when the daughter is excited about the mother keeping a flower in her apron Mrs Bates is sarcastic saying Goodness me One would think the house is afire and she irritably took the flowers out from her apron-band and the very first time they ever brought him home drunk hed got brown chrysanthemums in his button hole Near the opening of the story Mrs Bates is described as imperious Imperious means domineering and arrogant and it portrays Mrs Bates as a woman in full command As she stands looking at the miners going home she seems like an army commander surveying her troops Her definite eyebrows and hair parted exactly reinforce the image of
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