Tuesday, August 25, 2009

John Thomas and Lady Jane

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the poignant story of “a lonely woman trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for the robust gamekeeper of her husband’s estate.” It is, as some would say, an affirmation of D.H. Lawrence’s vision of “individual regeneration through sexual love.” The story ended with these lines:

“But a great deal of us is together, and we can but abide by it, and steer our courses to meet soon. John Thomas says goodnight to Lady Jane, a little droopingly, but with a hopeful heart.”

As I reached the story’s end, I can’t help but wonder what happens next. What is the story beyond this story? Would the lovers live happily ever after? Maybe, but I doubt it. Like the love story of Sonia and Raskolnikov, the novel ended with a sense of hope, making us believe that their love would somehow last; but sadly, the passionate love affair of Mellors and Constance Chatterley could be doomed to a tragic ending as that of Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky. Alienated and dissatisfied by the purely intellectual nature of her physically and emotionally paralyzed husband, could Lady Chatterley live with passion and sensuality alone, the very things embodied by her lover? What would happen when the blaze between John Thomas and Lady Jane burns down into a flickering flame then eventually burns out?

It’s crazy to infer from the lives of fictional characters in literature, but don’t they offer a vivid mirroring of life’s surfaces, a perfect simulacrum of reality?


Anonymous said...

i know what happened to romeo and juliet, both dead; heathcliff and cathy, cathy dead; lam-ang and ines kannoyan, lived happily after. jonh en marsha, meddling mother in law. :)

unstranger said...

Your 'life's surfaces' is an apt and descriptive terminology in this post. And you are correct in saying so.

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