In 1914 the author married a divorced German Baroness named Frieda von Richthofen, with whom he made a journey in Italy, to search for people and places not contaminated by modern society. The story if the novel is inspired by his wifeâ€™s exuberant sexuality, by her erotic games in the rain on the fields ofCastelmola.
Lady Chatterleyâ€™s lover â€“ in the novel an English keeper â€“ was really a
young mule-keeper called Peppino Dâ€™Allura. The erotic encounters between the Baroness, 42 years old, and the mule-keeper, 24 years old, took place between 1920 and 1922. D.H. Lawrence spent two years and two months in Taormina, at a time when the 35-year-old author still thought it was possible to recover from tuberculosis under the warmSicilian sun.
The mule-keeper Dâ€™Allura worked on the properties of a rich English lady that had a house in the hills, near Mount Venus.Frieda Lawrence went to this English lady to have tea, often at lunch-time, climbing and walking with difficulty on the narrow paths. Her English friend had provided her with a mule and a mule-keeper. Peppinowent to pick up Mrs Lawrence in front of the house in the Old Fountain Road(via Â Fontana Vecchia), at that time in the suburb of Taormina, and they made their way up in the mountains, Frieda riding the mule and Peppino walking beside her. When the sun went down they made the same journey back down to Taormina.
One day, the English lady-friend in the hills waited in vain: a sudden summer-storm hitFrieda and Peppino when they were beyond the houses of Castelmola. They had to find shelter somewhere. There was an old cottage used for winemaking, in the middle of a vineyard. Peppino had the key to the cottage since it belonged to his father. They went in, soaking-wet with rain.
The German Baroness was fascinated, amused and excited by this unusual interruption.
The young mule-keeper, careful and awkward, made her a bed out of cloths, behind a screen that sheltered a pile of baskets and hampers, he also found her some old aprons so that she could dry herself. But the young Baroness didnâ€™t stay long in the cottage: she soon ran out, naked as the day she was born.
for the shy and shocked mule-keeper, wanting him to participate in her joyful game. But the young man didnâ€™t move, he didnâ€™t even have the courage to take off his soaking-wet clothes, so the Baroness went and undressed him.
Thatâ€™s how, with the help of a sudden summer-storm in the beginning of August, their â€œerotic games in the rainâ€ started. The Baroness would later tell her husband of all this, without leaving out any indecent detail, for she was not embarrassed.
The relationship between the beautiful Baroness Frieda von Richthofen-Lawrence and the mule-keeper Peppino Dâ€™Allura from Castelmola went on for nineteen months, from the beginning of August 1920 until the end of February 1922.
It started in a vineyard, then went on, in the rain, in a field of lilies, in the basin meant for the vine, then in a cottage almost in ruins with a hole in the roof, and when the hot sun came through this hole it hit their warm tangled bodies. The relationship then continued in a comfortable little house kindly made available for the two â€œlovebirdsâ€ by the rich English lady that lived in Castelmola and was the employer of the young mule-keeper.
The story ofÂ Lady Chatterley and the mule-keeper is told, in an accurate and detailed way, in the book â€œLady Chatterley and the mule-keeperâ€, written by a writer and journalist from Taormina called Gaetano Saglimbeni, published by â€œArmando Siciliano Editoreâ€.