Chatterley sex scene
She then becomes for the reader “an intense human personage that breaks through time,” for “perception is never complete […] the world exceeds our perspective of it.
Perception is a synthesis of “horizons” that produces an experience exceeding the world.” Leaving Wragby where “Time went on as the clock does,” she forgets time when she enters into Mellors’ territory: “so she sat in the doorway of the hut in a dream, utterly unaware of time and of particular circumstances” (113).
In a highly didactic mode, the novel begins with a general historical perspective, offering an appraisal of the post-war situation, the evocation of Clifford and Connie’s past and their married life.
Precise notations and quite a number of dates are given in the first three chapters: “They came home to Wragby in the autumn of 1920,” or the following indication, in chapter II: “Clifford and Connie had now been nearly two years at Wragby.”who demands her presence and care and whose tyranny towards her intensifies over the months: “vaguely she knew she was out of connection, she had lost touch with the substantial and vital world”(20).
She refuses to be invaded by the torpor of the mental-lifers who surround her at Wragby.
Gradually, more and more consciously, she is led to journey towards an interiority which implies a passing of borderlines, both psychological and ethical.
After the epiphany of the chick, of the hatching of the eggs, when she faces the reality of the cycle of life and fecundity, she wants to see the chickens again and again: “she had only one desire now, to go to the clearing and the wood.
The rest was a kind of painful dream.” (145)Being out of touch with her husband, now in the care of Mrs Bolton, Connie is fascinated with the new life she discovers in the clearing.
After her first embrace with the keeper, “she had hurried across the park and when she arrived, the doors were fastened and she had to ring” (153).She will be ravished and touched by a stranger who felt compassion for her in their first sexual embrace, at the same time as she feels passion.Connie’s instinctual being is now freed, she is open to the sensuous potentiality of the self.She does not her body any longer, whereas she should discover her own self in “the mysterious maze of the body.” A sense of lack is inscribed in her life just as it is inscribed in her body, a revelation which spurs her to go to the wood as often as possible.From one visit to another, the connection with the wood becomes stronger and her powers of perception increase when she is among the trees and she progresses through the clearing towards the hut as if she were performing a sacred journey.