A room with a view
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A room with a view

By E. M. Forster
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"A Room with a View," by E. M. Forster, depicts a young Englishwoman's adventure trying to come to grips with the conflict between her desires and society's expectations. Lucy Honeychurch is a well-bred young middle class girl on holiday in radiant Florence. As E. M. Forster tells it, Lucy comes from a family which is overly concerned with respectability, and is over-protected by a spinster named Charlotte Bartlett. Under no circumstances will Miss Bartlett allow Lucy to pursue (or even examine) her affection for the handsome young George Emerson--his father is far too unconventional with his modern notions about honesty and freethinking. Determined to forget George, Lucy finally gives in to the repeated proposals of Cecil Vyse, a thoroughly fashionable young gentleman, if not very exciting. And so E. M. Forster sets the stage for "A Room with a View," a splendid satire on the English social strata of the early part of the 20th century when the formal social structure of the Victorian era was beginning to fray at the edges. Vyse is a delightfully drawn male chauvinist; nobody likes him, but everyone is willing to accept him, and Lucy convinces herself that she is in love with him. However, Vyse's own penchant for getting his way by playing rather cruel practical jokes brings the Emersons back into the picture. Confronted by the contrast between the not quite classy but intelligent, thoughtful (and bold) George Emerson and the arrogant, boorish, but elite Cecil Vyse, Lucy finally decides to live as she plays Beethoven, with exciting results. E. M. Forster writes gently and calmly, but with a passion for life and love welling up beneath the surface. "A Room with a View" is a lovely book, vital with the force of a sensitive and empathetic mind. Highly recommended!

Table of Contents
  • PART ONE
  • Chapter I: The Bertolini
  • Chapter II: In Santa Croce with No Baedeker
  • Chapter III: Music, Violets, and the Letter "S"
  • Chapter IV: Fourth Chapter
  • Chapter V: Possibilities of a Pleasant Outing
  • Chapter VI: The Reverend Arthur Beebe, the Reverend Cuthbert Eager, Mr.
  • Chapter VII: They Return
  • PART TWO
  • Chapter VIII: Medieval
  • Chapter IX: Lucy As a Work of Art
  • Chapter X: Cecil as a Humourist
  • Chapter XI: In Mrs. Vyse’s Well-Appointed Flat
  • Chapter XII: Twelfth Chapter
  • Chapter XIII: How Miss Bartlett’s Boiler Was So Tiresome
  • Chapter XIV: How Lucy Faced the External Situation Bravely
  • Chapter XV: The Disaster Within
  • Chapter XVI: Lying to George
  • Chapter XVII: Lying to Cecil
  • Chapter XVIII: Lying to Mr. Beebe, Mrs. Honeychurch, Freddy, and The
  • Chapter XIX: Lying to Mr. Emerson
  • Chapter XX: The End of the Middle Ages
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