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Dark Flower

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Dark Flower by John Galsworthy is a deeply introspective and touching novel that delves into the complexities of love, duty, and societal expectations. The story follows the protagonist, Gideon, as he navigates his feelings for a mysterious and troubled woman named Patty. As Gideon becomes increasingly entangled in Patty's world, he is forced to confront his own beliefs and desires.

Galsworthy's writing is both lyrical and poignant, drawing the reader into the emotional turmoil of the characters. The themes of passion, sacrifice, and regret are explored with sensitivity and nuance, making for a thought-provoking read.

The characters in Dark Flower are wonderfully complex and well-developed, each grappling with their own inner demons and desires. Patty, in particular, is a captivating figure whose motivations remain intriguing and enigmatic throughout the story.

Overall, Dark Flower is a beautifully written novel that offers a compelling exploration of love and longing. Galsworthy's timeless prose and insightful storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally rich narrative.

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Galsworthy's classic The Dark Flower is a study of love. Spring is the beginning when all is new and full of hope. However, the woman Lennan has fallen for is out of reach, a forbidden love. Can he overcome the challenges? As he matures, he discovers two different loves: the first is platonic, comfortable, and one that can last a lifetime. The other is crazy, passionate, and dangerous. As he matures, he settles into a somewhat boring and safe marriage, but then excitement and danger re-emerge in the form of a young mistress. The denouement comes as he makes the choice between the tried and tested and the novel and exciting but forbidden. As he reaches his decision, he watches the delicate carnation disintegrate in the fire. - Summary by Lynne Thompson

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