Sons and Lovers

by

D. H. Lawrence

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Mr. Jordan is the manager of Jordan’s, the factory where Paul is offered a job. Mr. Jordan is a working-class man who has made his way in the world through manufacturing. This reflects growing social mobility in the early twentieth century when the class one was born into gradually became less suffocating. Paul thinks Mr. Jordan is “common” but he is a kindly man underneath his businesslike veneer, and Paul believes that Mr. Jordan feels the need to assert his authority because of his lower-class status. He is an indulgent boss and treats his workers well.
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Chapter 5
Family, Psychology, and the Oedipus Complex Theme Icon
Women’s Work and Women’s Rights Theme Icon
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...legs” is faintly disgusting to him. Mrs. Morel goes with him to Nottingham to meet Mr. Jordan , the factory owner, and Paul is pleased to have his mother with him and... (full context)
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...factory appears pleasant and clean and Paul and Mrs. Morel are invited to talk with Mr. Jordan , the curt, snappish manager of the place. He asks Paul to translate some letters... (full context)
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Mrs. Morel is delighted, but on their way out, Paul complains about how “common” Mr. Jordan seems.  Mrs. Morel assures him that he will likely not see much of the manager,... (full context)
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...to the office and gives him paperwork to do for the rest of the day. Mr. Jordan , the manager, appears briefly and complains about Paul’s writing speed, but Paul thinks that... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Paul gets an invite to a dinner party at Mr. Jordan ’s and Mrs. Morel gets William’s old suit tailored for him to wear. He is... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...past Baxter in the doorway to go about some business, and Baxter grabs Paul’s arm. Mr. Jordan comes out of his office to see what the commotion is about and tries to... (full context)
Family, Psychology, and the Oedipus Complex Theme Icon
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Baxter shakes Mr. Jordan off and the manager falls and bruises himself. He fires Baxter immediately and has him... (full context)