For my Clandestine Classic, I chose The Fox by DH Lawrence, an author well-known for pushing the limits of “acceptability.”
A young man returns from war to find two women living on the isolated farm he’d called ho me. Needing to dominate, he sets out to put his life in order.
The bitter, dark night a rugged man appears on their doorstep,
everything about the quiet life of Ellen March and Jill Banford changes.
The presence of the powerful, brooding man complicates the simple daily
existence of their lives on their struggling chicken farm.
Henry Grenfel, a young soldier recently returned from war, is
determined to possess the stronger, more forceful of the two
women—Ellen. His need to possess her knows no limits and he uses every
opportunity he finds to pressure her into breaking her ties with her
best friend, Jill. Jill’s dislike for Henry turns into pure hatred when
she realizes he’ll stop at nothing to take Ellen from her.
As the tension among the three of them builds, Henry coerces Ellen
into submission, forcing her to recognize her own need for the sexual
release only he can provide. After Ellen accepts the inevitability of
his dominance and agrees to his marriage proposal, the resentment
brewing within the love triangle takes an even darker turn.
The Fox will be out June 7.