By Edward Morgan Forster
This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety between an eccentric forged of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a nook of Surrey, England. a captivating younger English lady, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the palms of a fellow Britisher whilst she witnesses a homicide in a Florentine piazza. drawn to this guy, George Emerson--who is solely mistaken and whose father simply could be a Socialist--Lucy is quickly at struggle with the snobbery of her type and her personal conflicting wishes. again in England she is courted by means of a extra appropriate, if stifling, suitor, and shortly realizes she needs to make a startling selection that may come to a decision the process her destiny: she is compelled to choose from conference and keenness. the long-lasting pride of this story of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster's colourful characters, together with outrageous spinsters, pompous monks and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room With A View is one in all E.M. Forster's earliest and such a lot celebrated works.
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Lucy comes of age, as Forster himself did, at a time of sea changes in Britain and the world: the ebb of British imperial power, the end of the Victorian era, the onset of the modern age, and the portents of a world war. It is a moment of epic transition signaled from the novel’s first page, when Forster turns our eye to the “portraits of the late Queen and the late Poet Laureate” that grace the dining room of the Pension Bertolini, reminding those present that the era of Victoria and Tennyson has passed irrevocably into history.
He was an old man, of heavy build, with a fair, shaven face and large eyes. There was something childish in those eyes, though it was not the childishness of senility. What exactly it was Miss Bartlett did not stop to consider, for her glance passed on to his clothes. These did not attract her. He was probably trying to become acquainted with them before they got into the swim. So she assumed a dazed expression when he spoke to her, and then said: “A view? Oh, a view! ” “This is my son,” said the old man; “his name’s George.
He pressed her very slightly, and she said more. “I am, as it were,” she concluded, “the chaperon of my young cousin, Lucy, and it would be a serious thing if I put her under an obligation to people of whom we know nothing. His manner was somewhat unfortunate. ” “You acted very naturally,” said he. ” “No harm, of course. ” Again he hesitated, and then said gently: “I think he would not take advantage of your acceptance, nor expect you to show gratitude. He has the merit—if it is one—of saying exactly what he means.
A room with a view by Edward Morgan Forster