A Room with a View
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He's the sort who can't know anyone intimately, least of all a woman. He doesn't know what a woman is. He wants you for a possession, something to look at, like a painting or an ivory box. Something to own and to display. He doesn't want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn't love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms.
It's not coincidental that you're here now, when one comes to reflect on it.
I *have* reflected. It's fate. Everything is fate.
You've not reflected at all. Let me cross-examine you. Where did you meet Mr. Vyse, who will marry Miss Honeychurch?
The National Gallery.
Looking at Italian art! You see, you talk of coincidence and fate. You're naturally drawn to things Italian, as are we and all our friends, aren't we, Freddy? That narrows the field immeasurably.
It is fate. But call it Italy if it pleases you, Vicar.
You don't love me, evidently. I dare say you're right not to, but... it would help a little, hurt a little less, if I knew why.
Because you're the sort who can't know anyone intimately, least of all a woman.
[Cecil looks taken aback and hurt]
Well, I don't mean exactly that, but you will go on asking questions!
Why need mother hear of it?
Well, you tell her everything, don't you?
I suppose I do, generally.
There's such a beautiful confidence between you. One would hate to break it. And as I have said before, I am to blame.
I wouldn't want mother to think so.
She will think so, if you tell her.
I shall never speak of it, either to mother or to anyone.
We will both be as silent as the grave.
This is not at all what we were led to expect.
I thought we were going to see the Arno.
The signora distinctly wrote, South rooms, with a view and close together, instead of which she has given us North rooms without a view and a long way apart.
Kiss me, dear. Again.
What are you reading?
It's from Freddy.
What does he say?
Silly boy. He thinks he's being dignified. I mean, everybody knew we were going away in the spring.
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