the sunshine of Venice had given her this inward <expansion and warmth>

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 405-406, chapter 18) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Connie received a letter from Mellors saying he would meet her somewhere, then Connie went to see him..…)

Something flowed out of him physically, that made her feel inwardly at ease and happy, at home. With a woman’s now alert instinct for happiness, she registered it(=realized the process of feelings) at once. ‘I’m happy when he’s there!’ Not all the sunshine of Venice had given her this inward expansion and warmth.

I understand expansion and warmth to be physical desire arousing and inner emotion.

Is that right please?
Thank you in advance
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    No. this inward expansion and warmth relates to inwardly at ease and happy.

    Taken together, this inward expansion and warmth, means a relaxed feeling of security, love and contentment.

    The "inward expansion" refers to the way in which her emotions had been repressed (and, thus, she had had to speak and behave in an unnatural/artificial manner) in Venice and were now allowed to be free and unrestricted.

    The warmth is a feeling of good will and contentment.
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