chapter  III
Women in Love: Individuality and Belonging
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That self-sufficiency should entail belonging is an irony realized in the poetry of the English Romantics (especially the poetry of Wordsworth) again and again; to admit the necessity of the bond with Nature is to make possible a true integrity. And we note that in Lawrence’s fiction likewise, and particularly in Women in Love, singleness can only come to pass with the acknowledgement of community and with the disintegra­ tion of the hard and isolate ego. It is this irony I shall largely be concerned with in the present chapter. My theme is not individuality merely but kinds of individuality, kinds of integration and disintegration (and, as a corollary, kinds of dissolution and corruption).