A Room with a View

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A Room with a View is a 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. Merchant Ivory produced an award-winning film adaptation in 1985…
The first part of the novel is set in Florence, Italy, and describes a young English woman’s first visit to Florence, at a time when upper middle class English women were starting to lead independent, adventurous lives. Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her overbearing older cousin and chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett, and the novel opens with their complaints about the hotel, the Pension Bertolini. Their primary concern is that although rooms with a view of the River Arno have been promised for each of them, their rooms instead look over a courtyard. One of the guests at the pension, Mr Emerson, interrupts their “peevish wrangling” by spontaneously offering to swap rooms, since he and his son George both have rooms with good views of the Arno. Mr Emerson’s offer causes Miss Bartlett some consternation, as the offer, from virtual strangers, appears impolite. Without letting Lucy speak, Miss Bartlett, who looks down on the Emersons because of their unconventional behaviour and fears that acceptance would place her and her young cousin under an “unseemly obligation”, strongly rejects the offer. Another guest at the pension, an Anglican clergyman named Mr Beebe, assures Miss Bartlett that the Emersons only meant to be kind, and persuades the two women to accept the offer…
A Room with a View is a 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. Merchant Ivory produced an award-winning film adaptation in 1985…
The first part of the novel is set in Florence, Italy, and describes a young English woman’s first visit to Florence, at a time when upper middle class English women were starting to lead independent, adventurous lives. Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her overbearing older cousin and chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett, and the novel opens with their complaints about the hotel, the Pension Bertolini. Their primary concern is that although rooms with a view of the River Arno have been promised for each of them, their rooms instead look over a courtyard. One of the guests at the pension, Mr Emerson, interrupts their “peevish wrangling” by spontaneously offering to swap rooms, since he and his son George both have rooms with good views of the Arno. Mr Emerson’s offer causes Miss Bartlett some consternation, as the offer, from virtual strangers, appears impolite. Without letting Lucy speak, Miss Bartlett, who looks down on the Emersons because of their unconventional behaviour and fears that acceptance would place her and her young cousin under an “unseemly obligation”, strongly rejects the offer. Another guest at the pension, an Anglican clergyman named Mr Beebe, assures Miss Bartlett that the Emersons only meant to be kind, and persuades the two women to accept the offer…