“The Woman Who Rode Away” deals with the collision between two different races, but we should read the story in terms of gender as well as race because it is “the Woman” who is sacrificed by Indians resisting “white people.” In leaving for the world of Indians, she transgresses the race boundary. This transgression also means crossing over the boundary of gender because Indians are the object of white men's interests. She, then, becomes the gazing subject like white men in the encounter with Indians. However, she is also the object of their “piercing look, ” which turns her into the position of the other. The process culminates in the sacrifice of her which functions as the other's image in the story. The sacrifice turns out to be the ritual not only representing Indians' resistance but also negating the woman's transgression of gender/race boundaries and her transgressive sexuality. But the strategic intersection of gender and race makes the boundary between the two races ambiguous.
D. H. Lawrence continued to criticise the way of living in modern European industrialized society, particularly after the First World War. His criticism is based on his version of the severance of mind and body and the subsequent privileging of the mind in Western cultures. I argue, in the paper, what Lawrence means by “nature” includes the unconsciousness in human beings as well as Nature. I show that the relationship between man and nature to fulfill each one's own self, which he lays the greatest emphasis on in his essays, helps us to be conscious that we are part of the great web of life in the universe. I point out, however, through analysing “five principles of life” in his essay “Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine”, that his insistence upon the need for vital power may contain a kind of authoritarianism.
The meaning of Connie's“pregnancy”deserves our fullest consideration. Through pregnancy, Connie discovers the perfect harmony of motherhood and womanhood, which turns out to be Lawrence's final definition of true womanhood. This“harmony”cannot be found clearly in Lawrence's foregoing works including previous two versions of Lady Chatterley. Up to now, women, who have experienced“pregnancy, ”believe that“a mother is a prime being.”Such self-centeredness of them checked their husbands' masculinity and their own femininity as well. Consequently, there happens a conflict between motherhood and womanhood within them, and thence their children were a“stumbling block”to the“equilibrium”between the sexes. In Lady Chatterley's Lover, however, Connie's“pregnancy”does not drive her to maternal self-absorption, but it makes her appreciate Mellors' masculine dignity. Truly, her“foetus”completes her womanhood and her equilibrated relationship with him. In other words, Lawrence discovers a woman's possibility“to bear herself”by means of“bearing children”in this novel.