By Herbert Edward Read
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It is dominion whose taste I have been cloyed with) : action I've rejected : and the intellectual life : and receptive senses : and the battle of wits. They were all failures, and my reason tells me therefore that obedience, nescience, will also fail, since the roots of common failure must lie in myself—and yet in spite of reason I am trying it. Such is Lawrence's own explanation of himself. His nature was (he uses the ugly word himself) masochistic ; a psychological state of which we find, not only the overt symptoms, but also the secondary characteristics.
They were all failures, and my reason tells me therefore that obedience, nescience, will also fail, since the roots of common failure must lie in myself—and yet in spite of reason I am trying it. Such is Lawrence's own explanation of himself. His nature was (he uses the ugly word himself) masochistic ; a psychological state of which we find, not only the overt symptoms, but also the secondary characteristics. Every22 Lawrence of Arabia thing in his life fits the interpretation. A frigidity towards women was balanced by an impulse towards art.
O n the c o m m a n d i n g centre as a principle of composition ; on d r a m a t i c construction ; on the nouvelle or long short story as a form ; on development a n d continuity ; on antithesis of characters ; o n foreshortening ; on narrative in the first person ; on these a n d on m a n y other technical matters J a m e s is admittedly the highest authority. But critics w h o are willing to accept his authority in these matters are in the habit of somewhat illogically questioning his right to sweep aside 32 Henry James the works of Thackeray, Tolstoy a n d D u m a s .
A Coat of Many Colours: Occasional Essays by Herbert Edward Read