The Virgin and the Gypsy

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: D.H. Lawrence

Narrated By: Peter Joyce

Publisher: Assembled Stories

Date: January 2010

Duration: 3 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

Written in 1926 and published posthumously [without the authors customary revision] in 1930, ‘The Virgin and the Gypsy’ is a minor masterpiece in short story writing. It provides an excellent introduction to Lawrence’s work, being a succinct distillation of his ideas about sexuality and its ability to transcend class barriers. Yvette and her sister Lucille come back from finishing school in Lausanne with a much broader outlook on life than the inhabitants of the cloistered world to which they return. Their mother left their father for another man leaving a pall of sterility in his newly gathered family: Uncle Fred, Aunt Cissie and Granny – the ‘Mater’ Stifled by the rigidity of life in the rectory in this small village in the East Midlands-a microcosm of established Christian belief the type of which Lawrence despised-Yvette finds herself drawn to a passing gypsy and her ‘budding flower’ is awakened by his interest. In a torrential climax which symbolically sweeps away her old life she comes to fully realize and accept her sexual identity.

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