Where Angels Fear to Tread

  • Glen Cavaliero


In his chapter ‘The Plot’ in Aspects of the Novel, Forster quotes an old lady with a healthy contempt for logic: ‘How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?’ It might be Mrs Honeychurch speaking. Elderly ladies are as plentiful in his fiction as they were in his life — Mrs Herriton, Mrs Failing, the two Miss Alans, Mrs Munt, Mrs Moore, to name a few (one notes that as each novel is published so their characters improve) . It is certainly appropriate that another one should provide what might pass for their creator’s fictional motto. It was through his imagination as much as through his personality or convictions that Forster learned to speak out. He used the domestic background which threatened him as a man to establish himself as an artist.


Longe Journey Cross Word Maternal Bond Elderly Lady Prayer Book 
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    Norman Douglas, South Wind (1917), Ch. 3.Google Scholar

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