afraid of the new world that had sprung up

longxianchen

Senior Member
chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 374, chapter 17) by Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: The following is talking about Connie's father,Malcolm……)

He was still handsome and robust, though just a little afraid of the new world that had sprung up around him. He had got a second wife in Scotland, younger than himself and richer. But he had as many holidays away from her as possible: just as with his first wife.


How should I understand the blue part please?
I presume the new world sprung up because there were a lot of high buildings which were rapidly set up, like springing up. But why was Malcolm afraid of the new world(maybe the new building)?
Thank you in advance
 
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  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    He was probably uncomfortable with change, and didn't like having to deal with new things. He was intimidated by progress.
     

    longxianchen

    Senior Member
    chinese
    Thank you. Maybe the new world which sprung up like water stands for industrial society, where people are only interested in money and social position.
     
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