And her effort, overcharged

“All the life of Miriam’s body was in her eyes, which were usually dark as a dark church, but could flame with a light like a conflagration. Her face scarcely ever altered from its look of brooding. She might have been one of the women who went with Mary when Jesus was dead. Her body was not flexible and living. She walked with a swing, rather heavily, her head bowed forward, pondering. She was not clumsy yet none of her movements seemed quite THE movement. Often, when wiping the dishes, she would stand in bewilderment and chagrin because she had pulled in two halves a cup or a tumbler. It was as if, in her fear and self-mistrust, she put too much strength into the effort. There was no looseness or abandon about her.. Everything was gripped with a stiff intensity, and her effort, overcharged, closed in on itself.” [my emphasis]

D. H. Lawrence, “Sons and Lovers”

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