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Hermione really is little like the picture of Ottoline that has come down to us today. Otto line was a much more interesting and varied character. Hermione, in this novel, is a minor character, who becomes something of a butt for Lawrence to show what kind of woman was really leading the way for him. Hermione: 'She was passionately interested in reform, her soul was given up to the public cause. But she was a man's woman, it was the manly world that held her ... she was a Kulturtriiger, a medium for the culture of ideas' (WL, p.

Laughed Lettie, awaking Alice's old sarcasm at his slowness. ' he exclaimed, looking up suddenly at her taunt. She knew she was playing false; she put the ring on her finger and went across the room to Leslie, laying her arm over his shoulder, and leaning her head against him, murmuring softly to him. He, poor fellow,was delighted with her, for she did not display her fondness often (WP, p. 135). Lawrence's dialogue and scenes in this novel are some of the most realistic in any of his writing.

She wanted to be considered. She wanted to learn, thinking that if she could read . . the world would have a different face for her and a deepened respect . . She must have something to reinforce her pride, because she felt different from other people ... On the whole, she scorned the male sex' (SL, p. 178). Miriam grew up on the farm that Lawrence so idealised but still the writer was sharp enough to detect her own dissatisfaction with that way of life. She did not like her lot, as a girl. 'I'm all day cleaning what the boys make just as bad in five minutes.

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