Lady Chatterley's Lover

by: D.H. Lawrence

Section I: Chapters 1-3

It is telling that the first person to warn Connie of the dangers of eschewing the physical is Sir Malcolm, her lusty Scottish father. Sir Malcolm is a painter of the old school; a member of the Royal Academy, he paints traditional, figural Scottish landscapes, in contrast to the non-representational art that dominated avant-garde European painting after the war. Sir Malcolm is also an unabashed proponent of sensual living, urging Connie to have an affair and--much later in the novel--bonding instantly with Mellors over frank, earthy discussions of sexual prowess. Note that in Sir Malcolm, the wild Scotsman in touch with both his artistic and sensual sides, Lawrence joins conservative artistic technique with unconventional sexual mores. This blend of conservatism and unconventionality is evident throughout the novel, and it may be held up as Lawrence's ideal.