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It comes rapidly, and is very good', he wrote to Lady Ottoline, adding: 'When one is shaken to the very depths, one finds reality in the unreal world. 16). The same day Frieda reported a great 'rumpus' she had had with her 'dear Lady Ottoline'; she had told her that her spirituality was false, and her democracy, an autocrat gone sour. At the end of June, Lawrence had to attend a medical inspection at Bodmin for military service; he felt both relieved and humiliated at his rejection. xii). Amores was published in July.

Back at Croydon, he found he could make no further headway with Sons and Lovers, and sent the entire manuscript to Jessie Chambers for her opinion. He visited Edward Garnett, reader for Duckworth, hoping to publish some of his short stories; he had also three plays and enough for a volume of poetry. At the end of November he fell a victim to pneumonia; Jessie, who was with Helen Corke at Christmas, went to see him; and before the year was out he informed Garnett that Louie, 'big, swarthy, and passionate as a gipsy', was with him, and that he would begin to rewrite The Trespasser, which he had sent for Garnett's consideration three weeks earlier.

Lawrence found the place 'a stewpot of semi-literary cats'. Mackenzie was friendly, but wished the Lawrences would 'sometimes say a good word for somebody'. He remembered Lawrence's obsession with phallic consciousness and the difficulty of achieving perfect sexual consummation. At the end of February, not many days after visiting Magnus at Monte Cassino, Lawrence crossed to Sicily in search of a new home. Brett Young and his wife travelled with him, but his impressions of Lawrence were not commendatory: 'a more timid, shrinking, sensitive, violent, boastful, brazen creature it would be impossible to conceive', he wrote to Martin Seeker, Lawrence's future publisher.

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