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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover


by D.H. Lawrence

Constance Chatterley (Connie) Timeline and Summary

  • Connie grows up in an unconventional family and studies in Germany for a while, where she loses her virginity to a nice German boy who likes to talk philosophy.
  • During World War I, she marries Clifford when he's home on leave. Then he's injured and comes home paralyzed from the waist down. Happy honeymoon for all.
  • The Chatterleys head up to Wragby, Clifford's estate. It's awful there—half post-recession Detroit without the cool art deco architecture, and half some McMansion exurb. 
  • Connie gets more and more depressed, until she has an affair with Michaelis—and then they break it off and she gets really depressed.
  • In the woods one day, she meets Mellors, the estate's gamekeeper. One thing leads to another, and pretty soon they're having sex and dancing naked in the rain. 
  • Meanwhile, things are getting frosty at home. Connie is fed up with Clifford's aristocratic snobbishness, and she decides to divorce him so she can run off with Mellors.
  • But first she goes to Venice.
  • While she's there, Clifford writes her boring letters. She learns that Mellors has left Wragby, and she heads home to confront Clifford. 
  • Clifford surprises even himself with his level of jerkitude, refusing to grant her a divorce. 
  • She travels to stay with her sister Hilda in Scotland, waiting things out.