Short Story #17: The Prussian Officer by D. H. Lawrence
Title: The Prussian Officer
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Short Story #17 out of 365
Rating: 4 (out of 5 stars)
Source: The World's Greatest Short Stories, Dover Thrift Edition, edited by James Daley. The story can also be found here on Project Gutenberg.
ReflectionLawrence packs a lot of undercurrent into each of his stories and the self-destructive tendencies of the Captain coupled with his longing for the orderly come together in a perfect storm that ends almost romantically with the two forlorn lovers resting aside one another in death. That there is an attraction and pull between this men seems evident but equally so is the impossible means of expressing it, given the time and context. Lawrence's interchange of violence and sexual passion is well captured even if it is problematic (as an element in much popular culture and unfortunately, real life).
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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