The Language of Prose
Against the background of Lawrence’s conception of the novel, we can now go on to look at some of the characteristic features of language as it is used in his fiction, both in the novels and in the short stories. Naturally, it will not be possible to cover anything but the briefest of selections from the enormous range of his writing. I have tried to select those features and those examples that are typical of the kinds of uses to which he puts language, and to explain how it is that English can be adapted as Lawrence adapts it, and why he chooses to do so in specific instances. I shall be discussing first of all some of the ways words can be combined into groups in the writing of sentences, and then something of the relationships that are possible between different parts of sentences.1
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