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Lost Girl

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"There is no mistake about it, Alvina was a lost girl. She was cut off from everything she belonged to."

In this most under-valued of his novels, Lawrence once again presents us with a young woman hemmed in by her middle-class upbringing and (like Ursula Brangwen in The Rainbow) longing for escape. Alvina Houghton's plight, however, is given a rather comic and even picaresque treatment. Losing first her mother, a perpetual invalid, and later her cross-dressing father, a woefully ineffectual small-scale entrepreneur, Alvina feels doomed to merge with the tribe of eternal spinsters who surround her in the dreary mining community of Woodhouse.

Into this drab environment enter the Natcha-Kee-Tawara: a polyglot, poly-amorous troupe of travelling players united, on- and off-stage, in a fantasy of Native American nomadism. Enter Ciccio, the surly dark-eyed horseman. The Italian's potent and threatening physicality overwhelms Alvina and soon will propel her into - what? Perdition, or the paradoxical freedom of a girl who 'like(s) being lost'?

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THE LOST GIRL

by

D. H. LAWRENCE

New York Thomas Seltzer 1921

Copyright, 1921, by Thomas Seltzer, Inc. All rights reserved

First Printing, February, 1921 Second Printing, February, 1921 Third Printing, September, 1921

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE DECLINE OF MANCHESTER HOUSE 7

II THE RISE OF ALVINA HOUGHTON 27

III THE MATERNITY NURSE 36

IV TWO WOMEN DIE 49

V THE BEAU 64

VI HOUGHTON'S LAST ENDEAVOUR 95

VII NATCHA KEE TAWARA 130

VIII CICCIO 164

IX ALVINA BECOMES ALLAYE 191

X THE FALL OF MANCHESTER HOUSE 235

XI HONOURABLE ENGAGEMENT 273

XII ALLAYE ALSO IS ENGAGED 304

XIII THE WEDDED WIFE 317

XIV THE JOURNEY ACROSS 327

XV THE PLACE CALLED CALIFANO 350

XVI SUSPENSE 359

CHAPTER I

THE DECLINE OF MANCHESTER HOUSE

Take a mining townlet like Woodhouse, with a population of ten thousand people, and three generations behind it... Continue reading book >>


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