Summary Of Odour Of The Chrysanthemums

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Odour of the Chrysanthemums is an intriguing short story that was writing in 1909 by an author known as D.H Lawrence. The story first starts off with an engine that is rustling through towns dropping of men that work in the laboring mines. The men all want to get home to their lovely families but tragedy yet again strikes a family of four as the husband is nowhere to be found coming off the train. The wife Elizabeth Bates and her two young children John and Annie anxiously waiting for the master of the house to get home. As they are waiting and the uncertainty of where Mr. Bates is at. Elizabeth starts to think that he is entertaining old habits and had gone off drinking at a shop called the Prince of Wales but nobody has seen him. She ends up asking neighbors if maybe they had caught a glimpse of his whereabouts but still no answers. It was not until Elizabeth heard heavy footsteps outside her door when she figured out what happened to her husband. The men that were working with Mr. Bates had his body lying in a stretcher dead. A collapse had happened and he had suffocated under the rumble. D.H. Lawrence uses gloomy imagery while he is unfolding the mystery of this tragic story and it makes the story flow and complete as he sets it up for the characters inner struggles.

Imagery is a fine aspect of this short story and Lawrence uses a lot of it. As I was reading I picked up on a lot of dark references for instance, comparing humans to the shadows. Close to the beginning
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