Read Along,  Show Notes

Episode 213: E. M. Forster’s “Howards End,” Ch. 17-25

On The Literary Life Podcast, Angelina and Thomas continue our series on Howards End by E. M. Forster with a discussion of chapters 17-25. In opening the conversation on this chapter, they consider the various houses and ask the question of what role Howards End plays in this whole story. They also delve into the seemingly unlikely romance between Margaret and Mr. Wilcox and the complexity of their personalities, as well as the reactions of their family members. Other ideas they share are about the seen and the unseen, connections versus transactions, and more! Keep listening next week as we cover chapters 26-34.

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Commonplace Quotes:

Sapiens est qui novit tacere.

Wise is he who knows when to keep silence.

St. Ambrose, from De Oficibus Ministrorum (On the Duties of the Clergy)

But “Only connect” was the exact phrase I had been leading up to, and it has been precious to me ever since I read Howards End, of which it is the epigraph. Perhaps, indeed, it is the theme of all Forster’s writing, the attempt to link a passionate skepticism with the desire for meaning, to find the human key to the inhuman world about us, to connect the individual with the community, the known with the unknown, to relate the past to the present, and both to the future.

P. L. Travers, from “Only Connect”

To My Dear and Loving Husband

By Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Book List:

The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories by E. M. Forster

Selected Stories by E. M. Forster

What the Bee Knows: Reflections on Myth, Symbol, and Story by P. L. Travers

The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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