A Room with a View

A Room with a View

A Room with a View

A Room with a View

Synopsis

In his book on Forster, Lionel Trilling has compared A ROOM WITH A VIEW with earlier "Italian comedy", Where Angels Fear to Tread. He judges that A ROOM WITH A VIEW "takes more color from the outdoors and more charm from human absurdity, and the quality of its comedy is more romantic; but the comedy is also shot through with a sense of melodramatic evil which . . . is more frightening in its gratuitousness . . . . Forster is wonderfully accurate in his perception of the failures in human relationships and he accurately names causes."

Excerpt

It was pleasant to wake up in Florence, to open the eyes upon a bright bare room, with a floor of red tiles which look clean though they are not; with a painted ceiling whereon pink griffins and blue amorini sport in a forest of yellow violins and bassoons. It was pleasant, too, to fling wide the windows, pinching the fingers in unfamiliar fastenings, to lean out into sunshine with beautiful hills and trees and marble churches opposite, and close below, the Arno, gurgling against the embankment of the road.

Over the river men were at work with spades and sieves on the sandy foreshore, and on the river was a boat, also diligently employed for some mysterious end. An electric tram came rushing underneath the window. No one was inside it, except one tourist; but its platforms were overflowing with Italians, who preferred to stand. Children tried to hang on behind, and the conductor, with no malice, spat in their faces to make them let go. Then soldiers appeared—good-look-

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