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P. 471). The reviews of The White Peacock turned out not particularly good; his private life was a struggle, following the death of his mother and his, in many ways, unfortunate engagement to Louie Burrows; and his writing of 'Paul Morel' went both slowly and unhappily. Almost the only bright spot was the request, in June 1911, by the young publisher Martin Secker for a volume of short stories by Lawrence. Secker had started his publishing career with a batch of novels in January 1911, and had made his reputation with The Passionate Elopement by one of his first authors - Compton 16 D.
17 Heinemann published novels he believed in: and Hueffer's letter stressed Lawrence's potential as an artist. His novel, 'properly handled', might have a very considerable success ... you have in you the makings of a very considerable novelist, and I should not have the least hesitation in prophesying for you a great future, did I not know how much a matter of sheer luck one's career always is. With this in view I should advise you in approaching a publisher to promise him at least the refusal of several of your future works.
7 However, Lawrence was also his father's son, and a young man growing up in a community with an intense vitality of its own: the fact that he could speak its dialect so perfectly (in spite of his 'education' at Nottingham High School and University College), and would spend so much of his writing life recreating the life, habits, speech and personalities of his native village, demonstrates how attached (in another way) he was to the life of that community. Jessie Chambers recognised her own difference from it: a farmer's daughter, she nevertheless felt cut off by education and temperament from the community in which she grew up; she felt herself 'a "foreigner" as they would say'.