Aaron's Rod

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A novel by D. H. Lawrence, published 1922.

The biblical Aaron was the brother of Moses, appointed priest by Jehovah, whose blossoming rod (Num. 17: 4–8) was a miraculous symbol of authority. In the novel Aaron Sisson, amateur flautist, forsakes his wife and job as check‐weighman at a colliery for a life of flute‐playing, quest, and adventure in Bohemian and upper‐class society. His flute is symbolically broken in the penultimate chapter as a result of a bomb explosion in Florence during political riots.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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D. H. Lawrence (1885—1930) writer