Ending 14 – from a British novel published in 1920


The author of this novel with his wife

‘Did you need Gerald?’ she asked one evening.
‘Yes,’ he said.
‘Aren’t I enough for you?’ she asked.
‘No,’ he said. ‘You are enough for me, as far as a woman is concerned. You are all women to me. But I wanted a man friend, as eternal as you and I are eternal.’
‘Why aren’t I enough?’ she said. ‘You are enough for me. I don’t want anybody else but you. Why isn’t it the same with you?’
‘Having you, I can live all my life without anybody else, any other sheer intimacy. But to make it complete, really happy, I wanted eternal union with a man too: another kind of love,’ he said.
‘I don’t believe it,’ she said. ‘It’s an obstinacy, a theory, a perversity.’
‘Well –’ he said.
‘You can’t have two kinds of love. Why should you!’
‘It seems as if I can’t,’ he said. ‘Yet I wanted it.’
‘You can’t have it, because it’s false, impossible,’ she said.
‘I don’t believe that,’ he answered.

About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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4 Responses to Ending 14 – from a British novel published in 1920

  1. suburbanlife says:

    That sure sounds like D H Lawrence… but which book, escapes me…Mary T, over to you?…:-)

  2. maryt says:

    Sure it’s DH Lawrence “Women in Love,” suburbanlife. Sorry it took me so long to response was on vacation.

  3. maryt says:


  4. Welcome back from vacation!

    And this is indeed the ending of “Women in Love.”

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