66 pages 2 hours read

D. H. Lawrence

Women In Love

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1920

A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality Study Guides with detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, and more.

Important Quotes

Quotation Mark Icon

“Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father’s house in Beldover, working and talking.”

(Chapter 1, Page 7)

This is the opening line of the novel. It introduces the primary female characters, Ursula and Gudrun, and establishes the initial setting of Beldover. This quote also references the previous novel The Rainbow, which features Ursula’s life before the beginning of the events in Women in Love.

Quotation Mark Icon

“‘Mother,’ called Diana, a handsome girl a little older than Winifred, ‘I may have wine, mayn’t I?’”

(Chapter 2, Page 27)

Here, the reader meets Diana Crich, who dies in Chapter 14. She is a minor character, only given this one line at the wedding reception in Shortlands. However, her death emotionally impacts all of the main characters, especially her brother, Gerald.

Quotation Mark Icon

“One man isn’t better than another, not because they are equal, but because they are intrinsically other, that there is no term of comparison.”

(Chapter 8, Pages 103-104)

Rupert argues that humans are fundamentally distinct from one another rather than the same, and for that reason, equality should be taken for granted. The “other” is a concept that appears in literary theory for someone who is considered an outsider. The insider/outsider binary influences the characters’ relationships throughout the novel.