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Both stories deal with the pressure that lack of money can cause in a marriage, compare the way in which Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence portray relationships between the men and women in 'To please his wife' and 'Her Turn'.

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Both stories deal with the pressure that lack of money can cause in a marriage, compare the way in which Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence portray relationships between the men and women in 'To please his wife' and 'Her Turn' In the two stories 'To please his wife' and 'Her turn' the two authors both deal with the problems lack of money can cause in a marriage. The relationships created by Hardy and Lawrence have different outcomes because of their responses to their financial situations. In 'To please his wife,' Shadrach Jolliffe is a sailor who returns to the town he grew up in after years at sea. Immediately he sets out to find a wife. A sensitive and kind-hearted person Emily Hanning 'lost her heart to the sailor that Sunday night'. I believe Shadrach and Emily loved each other from the moment they met. However Shadrach ends up seeing Joanna because of Emily's lack of interest. 'Don't say anymore Mr Jollife'; therefore she is afraid of Shadrach's approaches. I believe she only tries to cover up her feelings because she knows Joanna is seeing him and is true to her friend. ...read more.

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Her greed and jealousy has consumed her and although she is prepared to do anything for more wealth. In comparison Mrs Radford feels financially secure, because Mr Radford 'earned good money down the pit'. She lives comfortably and merely wants a share of his strike pay for her own shopping. The attitudes of the pair towards money in 'Her Turn' is very light hearted and is derived from the fact the couple have money. In contrast to this, Mrs Radford does love her husband but all the same wants his strike pay, 'could not entreat nor nag the eleven shillings strike pay from her husband'. This shows that she does not get angry with him or force him into giving her the money. She is a 'easy going' lady at heart and would not leave her husband or seriously fall out with him over the pay. In comparison I believe that if Shadrach was not such a kind hearted man Joanna would be deeply unhappy and her greed would be even more influential upon her actions. Lack of money is not as serious an issue for Mrs Radford as it is for Joanna. ...read more.

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She is still bitter though 'I don't like you, I can't bear to see you' she tells Emily. Even when Emily tries to console her she cannot bear her pity and is unkind to her though she is the only friend she has left. Mrs Radford gets her way in the end 'next week he handed her his half sovereign', she got the money form him. She did not leave him with any other choice 'A wave of anger came over him'. He reacted badly at first to seeing what his wife had done but he dealt with it. I think that the greed felt by Joanna compared to Mrs Radford's merely wanting a bit more of her husbands money defines foreshadows the outcomes. If Joanna had been content with her standard of living, her husband and sons would still be alive. In contrast Mrs Radford has her way in the end, she deserved her husband's strike pay from the start. Joanna wanted wealth out of greed and jealousy and in the end paid for it dearly thus whilst I admire Mrs Radford's initiative, which gained a lot for herself and merely injured her husbands pride, Joanna got her comeuppance. ...read more.

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