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The Plumed Serpent is a 1926 novel by D. H. Lawrence...
Plot Summary : The novel has a contemporary setting during the period of the Mexican Revolution. It opens with a group of tourists visiting a bullfight in Mexico City. One of them, Kate Leslie, departs in disgust and encounters Don Cipriano, a Mexican general. Later she meets his friend, an intellectual landowner Don Ramón, and travels to Sayula, a small town set on a lake. Ramón and Cipriano are leading a revival of a pre-Christian religion and Kate becomes drawn into their cult.
Extrait : 'Look here!' said Owen. 'Supposing we try to protect our ex-
tremity on this concrete—' and thoughtfully he folded his rain-
coat and laid it along the concrete ledge so that both he and
Kate could sit on it.
They sat and gazed around. They were early. Patches of
people mottled the concrete slope opposite, like eruptions. The
ring just below was vacant, neatly sanded; and above the ring,
on the encircling concrete, great advertisements for hats, with
a picture of a city-man's straw hat, and advertisements for
spectacles, with pairs of spectacles supinely folded, glared and
'Where is the "Shade" then?' said Owen, twisting his neck.
At the top of the amphitheatre, near the sky, were concrete
boxes. This was the 'Shade', where anybody who was anything
'Oh but,' said Kate, 'I don't want to be perched right up
there, so far away.'
'Why no!' said Owen. 'We're much better where we are, in
our "Sun", which isn't going to shine a great deal after all.'
The sky was cloudy, preparing for the rainy season.
It was nearly three o'clock in the afternoon, and the crowd
was filling in, but still only occupied patches of the bare con-
crete. The lower tiers were reserved, so the bulk of the people
sat in the mid-way levels, and gentry like our trio were more or
Biography : D. H. Lawrence (1885 – 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Some of the issues Lawrence explores are sexuality, emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, and instinct.
Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage". At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as "The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, Cambridge critic F. R. Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence's fiction within the canonical "great tradition" of the English novel.
The 4th child of Arthur John Lawrence, a barely literate miner at Brinsley Colliery, and Lydia (née Beardsall), a former pupil teacher who, owing to her family's financial difficulties, had to do manual work in a lace factory, Lawrence spent his formative years in the coal mining town of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. The house in which he was born, in Eastwood, 8a Victoria Street, is now the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum. His working-class background and the tensions between his parents provided the raw material for a number of his early works. Lawrence roamed out from an early age in the patches of open, hilly country and remaining fragments of Sherwood Forest in Felley woods to the north of Eastwood, beginning a lifelong appreciation of the natural world, and he often wrote about "the country of my heart" as a setting for much of his fiction.