Forster on Profit and Loss

  • Wilfred Stone


Throughout his life, Forster worried about money. He worried not about how to get it (he was well off) but how to possess it, how to be an honourable have in a world of have-nots. The morality of money, what the ownership of money does to the character, were issues that haunted him throughout his career; and always ringing in the back of his mind were four passages from Matthew: (1) ‘For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’ (2) ‘If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor.’ (3) ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’ (4) ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.’1


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  1. 10.
    ‘The Personality of E. M. Forster’, Encounter (Nov 1970) xxxv, 62.Google Scholar

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  • Wilfred Stone

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