Yes, travelling the world is fun. But if you want to be happy, do a bit of housework…
February provides a whistle top tour of Europe, with visits to Paris, Germany, and then back to the UK. Lawrence is unimpressed with Versailles, finding it ‘stupid’ and ‘much too large for the landscape’. It reminds him of a ‘puffed up frog, who wants to make himself larger than nature.’
He's planning a return to New Mexico and offers Mabel Dodge Luhan, a wealthy patron of the arts, some useful domestic advice: ‘Wash just a few windows and dishes, till you can do it rhythmically and with grace. It’s good for you’ and to abstain the vice of ‘knowing’ because ‘there’s no end to it, like a bottomless pit: which swallows every human relation.’
These video essays are based on the letters of D.H. Lawrence one hundred years ago and are published monthly as part of the D.H. Lawrence Memory Theatre project.
To see previous Locating Lawrence videos from 1922, click here.
To see previous Locating Lawrence videos from 1923, click here.
To see previous Locating Lawrence videos from 1924, click here.
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