Sons and Lovers - Study Guide Defeat of Miriam Summary & Analysis

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Paul's obsession with his love for his mother has driven a wedge between he and Miriam and he ultimately ends his relationship with her. Paul continues to visit the Leivers' farm but spends most of his time with Miriam's brother, Edgar. On a few occasions, Paul seeks Miriam out and she hopes that perhaps Paul is returning to her, but he tells her that he cannot marry her and that, knowing this, it is not fair for him to encourage her.

Paul agrees to maintain Miriam's French lessons even though they are now just friends and he limits his visits to the farm. Paul cannot fully invest himself in Miriam, yet cannot bring himself to let her go and he sends books and notes encouraging her studies.

Miriam refuses to believe that Paul does not want her and devises a plan to bring...

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