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41514 Howard39s End Narrator has a strong voice here so we39re thinking of hard questions How do you live in the modern world How do you live ethically Religion no longer dictates action Is heroic action possible anymore Novel of quotinheritancequot and not necessarily just regarding Howard39s End For Trilling there39s a bigger weightwho will inherit England How can you understand quotEnglishnessquot if the family is half German Novel of quotreal estatequot defined by language amp land displaced characters homeless characters8 houses are counted pg 144 Wilcox39s collect housesincluding Paul39s African hut Many houses remain unoccupied No one is stagnant here Opposite of Joyce39s paralysis The Walk He walks out of the city and into the country something unfathomable here in Los Angeles Same with many major cities Mentions that he has all the night quotYou have no idea how hard uneven ground is in the darkquot Leonard Knew he39d go off the road realizing it39s hard but not realizing how lost he could get Sounds bumbling and quotWinnie the Poohquot ish A completely anticlimactic walk He wants to be like the Schlegels He39s trying to walk into another class He wants a quotnaturequot metaphysical experience that he does not have Also walking is a very English thing to do anyway Chaucer and Wordsworthjust long long walks There39s a lot you can tell about walking Example Jane Eyre becomes Jane by walking through the moors For some walking has become forgottenlook at the cars 41514 Socrates quotIn order to think you must walkquot His walk has to be at nighthe has no sustenancehe can39t take his walks the same way the Schegels do Somehow Leonard had quotarrivedquot His walk didn39t really work the way he wanted it toyet he found himself His glee and exaltation may come from feeling relievedhis existence is sufficient and he doesn39t have to keep taking these walks Possibly trying to bring the sisters down to his level In a way the walk brings him closer to them because he realizes there isn39t a huge difference between them It39s just a walk and it39s so preposterous The Marriage Plot kind of involves shortest engagement ever Margaret eventually engaged to a Wilcox However seems far more related to business than to love Proposal pg 40 He makes the house lease sound like proposalrather proposal disguised as business and she say still telegram an answer quotNot ranked among the world39s best love scenesquot But really there is no more serious matter than a house in this novel She39s trying to avoid hearing the proposal itself Maybe more fear driven It39s almost like trying to avoid quotthe talkquot Analogy to weather up to luck amp chanceHappiness in good weather is something completely out of our hands Why is this feeling different now that he39s going to propose How different is this from Margaret x Paul Is Margaret contriving conniving Maybe there is no chancemaybe she manipulated it She39s good and playing it all down A very quotpokerquot move ALL emotion vs held back emotion Same feeling as Schlegels moving next to Wilcox39s Why Why get them married It39s too perfect Really 41514 It39s a moment ofdisappointed It39s like it39s missing something It39s so convenient and suddenly marriage becomes a foil stand in for other con icts It39s almost like Forster needed a plotbecause this book is a about home Like when did they fell in love They need home to come back b c that theme quotdiedquot when Mrs Wilcox died ignificant Q What would it b c like if I lived in Howard39s End A proposal is not the question The WychElm Pg 61 quotthe finest tree in Hertfordshire Did your sister tell you about the teethquot there are pig39s teeth in the trunk Margaret39s faith in possibility probably stands out to Wilcox and gets her Howard39s End Sure someone could be cured of a toothacheonce The narrator justpops up quotShould the Wilcox39s have bequeathed Howard39s End to Margaret I think notquot We should feel for Margaret and her passion What39s happened is actually shocking The dying person39s wish is not upheld Butyou can39t blame them The bequeath was just on a slip of paper Unfortunately they don39t really know their nature She couldn39t have any use for Howard39s End Howard39s End Sees Miss Avery who thinks she39s a ghost of Wilcox and maybe she isn39t actually wrong We have a writer who leaves nothing up to chance even with chance being such a key It39s necessary that her interaction with the house is when she39s on her own She basically left abandoned there She39s instantly plucking weeds tending before she39s even inside She assumed the ownership role immediately She describes the landscape Vivid alive thriving and had potential It39s a novel that worries over the future Why would he give this up Well he can39t see it yet Moves from what she does see to what she does not see the wych elm 41514 Then she goes into the housewhich is open and she goes in without her husband The door slams shut behind her It39s dirty it39s deserted It39s the opposite of the yard The house died when Ruth died Desolation gt beauty in a short space the beauty is all in the future quotheart of the house is beatingquot Again the narrator returns shouting truths at us The house comes to life and suddenly we have a ghost story Ghost Stories happen in places where something might have happened that you don39t know about Housekeepers Miss Avery are important in stories about houses They know the house more intimatelywill return in The Lighthouse Understand the symbolism of passing the house from one Wilcox to another pg 174 Once having Howard39s End she attempts to quotrenownquot England Wych tree is a comradenot lover soldier or God Nothing could have prepared fer for the grandeur of it Wych tree Symbolism a timeless beautyit39s magnitude tells us camaraderie ally friend trusteebecomes Ruth Tree keeps returning The tree IS English It39s a caretakerfaith magic towers over quotkeeperquot Not a power struggle Forster is shooting for narrative A quotrootedquot friendship Makes up forawkward marriage plot
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