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Edward Morgan Forster’s novel, A Room With a View, is a British, romantic, novel written in the early nineteen hundreds. The story takes place in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century Italy and the United Kingdom. In the opening chapter, the main character, Lucy Honeychurch, is embarking on a vacation with her older cousin, Charlotte. They are visiting Florence, Italy, and they are upset about the rooms that they were given at the Pension Bertolini. This is because rather than looking out over the river Arno as they were promised, they are looking into the courtyard. Mr. Emerson, a guest that has a room overlooking the river Arno, hears about their ailment during dinner. He and his son, George, offer their rooms for the ladies; however, Charlotte declines their offer. Later, a British reverend intervenes, convincing Charlotte to accept the offer from the Emersons. Later, George’s father expresses to Lucy that George needs her so that he might conquer his depression.
On a later day, Lucy goes to the Piazza Signoria, where she witnesses a stabbing as she is walking in. The occurrence causes Lucy to faint, only to be rescued by George. The next day, Lucy finds herself alone with George on a terrace. George kisses Lucy without warning just as Charlotte walks in. These events lead Charlotte to take Lucy to Rome to stay with some family friends.
Lucy is proposed to three times by Cecil Vyse, and she accepts on the third time. Meanwhile, the Emersons move in close to Lucy’s home. Also, Charlotte is invited to stay with Lucy. Lucy refuses to tell her mother about her past with George. As they find themselves alone together once again, Lucy and George experience another kiss. Lucy tells Charlotte about the kiss and learns that Charlotte told another character about the first kiss. At this, Lucy insists that George leaves, and he does. Afterward, she realizes that she is not in love with Cecil and cancels the engagement. Later, she finds herself talking to Mr. Emerson, who convinces her to accept her love for George.
In the end, Lucy and George are happily together at the Pension Bartolini, in the same room Lucy stayed in at the beginning of the story. It can be reasonably inferred by the given information that they Lucy and George will marry each other.
I found the novel, A Room With a View, very intriguing. I enjoyed the way the author presented the theme of love throughout the story. One thing that I found especially interesting, was the way that the author presented two different types of love to the protagonist, which forced her to make the decision of whom she wanted in her life.
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I read this book the summer in between my junior and senior year of high school. During this time in my life, I had just started into a serious relationship. The romance between Lucy and Cecil very much related to me at the time. At first, I never thought that my boyfriend and I would be anything since we were such good friends, but over time I got to know him and saw a different side of him which made me change my relationship with the book. Lucy couldn't have imagined ever looking at anyone else but Cecil, her families desired lover for her, yet could these summer feelings towards the boy with the odd dad and odd background turn into something?
I was curious along with Lucy where the summer would bring her. Reflecting back on the book, I can recall the questioning on feelings that Lucy was going through during her summer especially with her trip to Italy and with the people she met there. It seemed to already be planned out for her that Cecil was her guy. The family approved and it seemed it was going to happen even before anything was said. Her trip changed everything though. Her cousin Charlotte, trying to protect her and keep her sheltered from these feelings during their trip to Italy, in some ways doesn’t seem to work out. Lucy got lost and exposed to the real life of Italy. That life was either extremely harsh in some instances, like the man dying in the square or loving in others, Such as the couple kissing on the ride in the country. Through it all, the odd boy, George Emerson was always there. He was never thought as much since his dad was very disliked due to his out spoken manner. He was mysterious and came to be a symbol of difference in Lucy’s life. I was curious where it would take them when he reappeared again after she got home.
Young adults my age might enjoy this book due to the fresh romance and love in the book. It isn’t a hard read and seems to be in a somewhat modern writing. The book although interesting, is not a very grabbing and intriguing read. It is a slow and lengthy read which I found difficult since there was nothing intriguing grabbing my attention. It is definitely more of a girl read since it is a romance book. I would recommend this book to older ladies if anything since it is romantic and slow.