scene between H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and D.H. Lawrence, from chamber opera UNTIL THE WAR IS OVER, by Beth Wiemann and Jennifer Moxley. H.D. played by Lindsay Conrad, Lawrence played by Stefan Barner.
This section is from the end of scene 4,after scenes between Hilda and her husband, Adlington, and between Hilda and Bella, Adlington's mistress.
Hilda tells Lawrence that Aldington has agreed to give Bella a child. Lawrence dismisses the gravity of the situation by mocking Bella. Hilda attempts to confess to Lawrence how emotionally and intellectually drawn to him she feels, but he interrupts her by announcing that he and his wife will be leaving for Kent soon. He offers her the cottage in Cornwall and encourages her to go away. Hilda, frustrated, tells Lawrence that her (feminine) “hell” is no worse than his (masculine) one. Then, desperate for comfort, she risks a physical connection. Lawrence recoils from her touch. Hilda, stunned at first, becomes enraged. She feels like Eurydice after Orpheus has, with a glance, sent her to her second death. She realizes that Lawrence wants her only to be a reflection of his ego. His rejection has cast her back with her dead, and denied her a chance to once again walk among “live souls.”