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The Horse Dealer's Daughter

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In "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," symbols are used to fulfill the quest of happiness and love. This love story, written by D.H. Lawrence, has many symbols, which show hidden meaning. One can fully understand a story, if one can point out certain symbols. Symbols create ideas and images for the reader to better understand the story. Mabel, one of the two main characters in this story, is depressed and suicidal. After her mother died, she feels like there is nothing to live for. Her mother was the love and joy in her life; without her, she is lost. All she has left is her house, which she is extremely proud of, and her brother, which she seems not to care for. She decides to release herself from her troubles by drowning herself in a pond. The other main character, Dr. Fergusson, sees her and tries to save her life. This pond is a strong symbol with many meanings. It is a start of a new experience, and a change of two people's lives.

The pond is described as dead and cold. This symbolizes that Dr. Fergusson had no feelings for Mabel before the incident. The narrator describes the pond as lifeless right before the doctor had entered it. Before going in, the relationship between them was dead and cold, and they had no passionate feelings for one another. Dr. Fergusson tries to rescue Mabel for no other reason but because he was doing his job. The pond also describes Dr. Fergusson's life as dull and pointless. His life was still and silent before he had met her. He was afraid to go in too deep into the pond, and was afraid of drowning. This represents his fear of falling in love. He was scared of the water because he could not swim, and also because he was scared of love. He never experienced it, so it frightened him. When he finally falls in, he felt Mabel's clothing and pulled her up. This means that when he fell into the pond, he found love. It was like fate had pushed him into the water to meet the woman he was meant to be with, for the rest of his life. He found love in a dead and cold pond, which means sometimes one has to look at even the unimaginable places to find happiness. In a dead place such as the pond, you can find something that is alive such as love.

This pond symbolizes the start of their love for each other, since they fall madly in love afterwards. The water symbolizes baptism and rebirth, and when she steps into it, her troubles are washed away. It represents cleanliness and the start of new life. Her life before felt meaningless to her, and she wanted to get out of it. She had nobody to love and care for her, after her mother had died. She never tries anything new and when she finally does, something amazing happens to her. Dr. Fergusson's life was just as pointless as hers was. He had a good job working with many kinds of people, but he did not enjoy his life. He had no love in his life, and without it, there is nothing to live for. The pond also symbolizes a new start of his life, since he finds love. It baptizes them and they both get a new sense of life.

When Mabel changes her clothes at the end of the story, she is starting her new life. The clothes symbolize a new and fresh experience, one of which she had never experienced before. Falling in love is something almost everyone wants in some point of their lives. It is an important element of happiness. In the beginning of the story, Mabel was

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