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In the short story Odour of Chrysanthemums DH Lawrence effectively and continually employs a technique of keeping certain entities absent from his story to convey their looming presence and definite importance Lawrences omission of Walter a vastly crucial character best demonstrates the authors ability and effectiveness in creating presence through absence Through this method Lawrence creates a sense of tension and anticipation within the readers mind Moreover Lawrence plays with readers expectations he only offers the rather biased and extreme opinions in which the already established characters believe in order to establish controversial yet curious views about the absent entity The reader must negotiate the gamut of opinions and statements set forth by existing characters in order to form an opinion of hisher own Furthermore the absence of such a seemingly essential being accentuates the focus around the situation and the central theme as opposed to just around its mere players Lawrence strategically omits Walter Bates around whom the protagonists epiphany chiefly revolves His voice and mind are never present in the story and his body only appears at the end as seen through the eyes of his mother and Elizabeth his wife Walters absence exerts a strong influence on his wife and children In section I of the story the family awaits Walters return from the mines--and yet his presence seems to haunt the family The very first entrance and statement by Annie his daughter regard the whereabouts of her father Why mother its hardly a bit dark yet The lamps not lighted and my fathers not homeIve never seen him Why Has he come up an gone past to Old Brinsley He hasnt mother cos I never saw him 877-878 This grows further into a heated discourse between mother and child Elizabeth thinks of him in frustration and irritation as Lawrence incorporates the titles objective into her statements when she scoffs at the childs inclination toward the chrysanthemums fragrance It was chrysanthemums when
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