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Paradoxical Electricity at The Horse Dealer's Daughter Back in D.H Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," Mabel Pervin along with her three brothers have been left with debts to pay following the departure of the father. To cover these loans, the Pervins are forced to sell every horse that they have. Afterward, they must separately make new lives elsewhere. Even though Mabel's brothers have determined where they'll be going and what they will be doing, since the story opens, Mabel's fate appears undetermined. Her obvious inability to plan her future is originally a source of tension and conflict. On the other hand, the events which unfold make evident that the lifetime that Mabel has led for the past few years has pushed her into a determined and independent woman. Through these characteristics, Mabel finds her strength. Yet ironically these qualities also make her see the horror of the reduction of self-suifficiency that seem inevitable with the family's breakup. At first, Mabel's strength is not very clear. The first scene, introduced from her brother Joe's point of view, which makes it seem that Joe may be a strong, dominating voice in the story. Furthermore, Joe and his brothers talk harshly to Mabel. The three brothers are aware of what they're going to do today that they need to leave; Mabel does not. If Joe and Fred Henry query Mabel on her plans, she's little to convey. In her quiet, she seems small and weak. Paradoxically, it's in her silence, however, that Mabel gains her freedom and strength. These attributes emerge through the picture motif of horses Lawrence uses from the story. Just like a horse, Mabel is very strong. For years she's been a workhorse of the family, particularly since her father's death: "For decades, Mabel had been servantless in the huge hous...