A Room With A View
This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson—who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist—Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England, she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion. (From feedbooks.com)
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Chapter I - The Bertolini | A Room With A View
"A Room With a View" is often classified as a comedy of manners. In the novel, human foibles and faults are satirized for comic effect.
The setting is used to identify and establish the time, place and mood of the events of the story. The setting of this part of the story is Florence, Italy.
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Why does the old man suggest the he and his son switch rooms with Lucy and Miss Bartlett?
Why does Miss Bartlett consider the old man and his son ill-bred?
What does the narrator mean by the highlighted statement?
Mr. Beebe tries to explain Mr. Emerson's intentions to Lucy.
Lucy's thoughts indicate the importance of
The Guelphs and Ghibellines were factions supporting the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor, respectively, in central and northern Italy.
What social mistake does George make?
Lucy enjoys the view of the Arno, a river in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is the most important river of central Italy after the Tiber. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter II - In Santa Croce with No Baedeker | A Room With A View
Lucy is referring to a travel guide book published by the Karl Baedeker firm of Germany beginning in the 1830's. (This annotation contains an image)
According to Miss Lavish, why do people come to Italy?
The Piazza della Santissima Annunziata is one of the most beautiful squares in Florence. (This annotation contains an image)
Lucy begins to enjoy the sites of Italy when she is left alone by Miss Lavish.
The chapel, patronized by the wealthy Peruzzi family, was dedicated to the Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the clergyman lead his group out of the church?
John Ruskin was a leading English art critic of the Victorian era as well as an art patron, a prominent social thinker and a philanthropist. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Mr. Emerson reveal about George?
The poem on this page is from "Shropshire Lad," a collection of sixty-three poems by the English poet Alfred Edward Housman.
The reference to "Shropshire Lad" represents Mr. Emerson's _____________ view of life.
Chapter III - Music, Violets, and the Letter S | A Room With A View
A synonym for empyrean is
Lucy enjoys those things that most young ladies of the period enjoy. Her playing, however, sets her apart, as it is very passionate.
What is Miss Lavish working on while in Italy?
Miss Alan is concerned about propriety and the way situations may appear to others.
How does Miss Lavish's view of the Emersons differ from that of Miss Alan?
Lucy thinks the Emersons are nice, but Miss Alan cautions her that they are not of the same social standing.
Chapter IV - Fourth Chapter | A Room With A View
What effect does playing the piano have on Lucy?
Lucy wants to find the beauty in the world but does not trust herself to do so.
Why does Lucy faint?
Why does George Emerson throw Lucy's photographs in the river?
A theme is a central idea in a piece of literature. View the video below on theme. What theme do you see emerging in this text? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter V - Possibilities of a Pleasant Outing | A Room With A View
Why is Lucy bothered by the solitude that she is experiencing?
Why is Miss Lavish taking notes about the murder at the Piazza?
Alesso Baldovinetti was an Italian early Renaissance painter. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the vendor cry out?
Of what crime does Mr. Eager claim Mr. Emerson is guilty?
What effect does Florence have on Lucy?
Lucy admires the Vyses, a family that is respected in British society.
Chapter VI - The Reverend Arthur Beebe, the Reverend Cuthbert Eager, Mr. Emerson, Mr. George Emerson, Miss Eleanor Lavish, Miss Charlotte Bartlett, and Miss Lucy Honeychurch Drive Out in Carriages to See a View; Italians Drive Them. | A Room With A View
The narrator compares the driver in this scene to Phaethon, the son of Helios, the sun god. Phaethon drives his father's chariot of the sun but loses control, and the horses run wildly off course. This results in Phaethon's death when Zeus strikes the chariot with a thunder bolt to keep the chariot from burning up the earth.
What observation does Mr. Eager make about tourists?
Mr. Eager is concerned with status and social standing.
Thomas Cook wrote travelers handbooks for the middle class, less sophisticated audience. Mr. Eager thinks the driver's behavior is an insult to the group's social status.
How does Mr. Emerson respond to Mr. Eager's handling of the situation involving the driver and his female companion?
Miss Lavish claims to be unconventional but is appalled by what George does for a living. She, like Miss Bartlett and Mr. Eager, is guilty of snobbery.
Miss Bartlett's actions toward Lucy are
Cataracts in this sentence refers to
Does the video capture the magic of the kiss? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter VII - They Return | A Room With A View
What does the driver understand about Lucy?
Why does Miss Bartlett give the driver a franc?
Miss Bartlett shows true affection to Lucy.
Why does Miss Bartlett express concern about George?
How does Lucy's assessment of George differ from that of Miss Bartlett?
What does this statement suggest about Miss Bartlett?
Miss Bartlett dominates the conversation and dictates what Lucy should think and do regarding the situation with George.
Lucy is muddled and confused. She does not know what to do. She is experiencing conflict. View the video on the types of conflict. What type of conflict is Lucy facing in this situation? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter VIII - Medieval | A Room With A View
The second part of the story takes place mostly in England.
What is the topic of conversation between Freddy and his mother?
How does Freddy feel about Cecil?
Cecil's attitude toward the habits of the Honeychurch family is
What change does Cecil notice in Lucy during her visit with him in Italy?
The use of the word bounder means that Cecil considers Mr. Beebe
Mr. Beebe compares Lucy's life to the way she plays the piano. He hopes that she will one day express freedom in both her life and her music.
Why isn't Mr. Beebe happy about Lucy's engagement to Cecil?
Chapter IX - Lucy As a Work of Art | A Room With A View
Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what may happen later. The video gives some examples of foreshadowing. As you continue reader, watch for examples of foreshadowing in the text. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Cecil feel about the ladies at the garden party?
Lucy lies to her mother and Cecil about the name of the man in Italy. To whom is she really referring?
"Cissie" and "Albert" refer to
Why is Sir Harry Ottoway upset about the cottages?
What tenants does Lucy suggest for "Cissie"?
Why is Lucy concerned about Cecil's attitude toward Sir Harry Otway and Mr. Beebe?
How does Lucy see Cecil?
What is significant about Lucy telling Cecil the real identity of the man she met in Italy?
Chapter X - Cecil as a Humourist | A Room With A View
How do Mr. Honeychurch and his family come to be accepted into aristocratic society?
How does the trip to Italy change Lucy?
Who will be the tenants for Cissie Villa?
Freddy refers to Cecil as "Fiasco." This is an example of
In this sentence, virago means
Chapter XI - In Mrs. Vyse’s Well–Appointed Flat | A Room With A View
The Miss Alans do not obtain the lease to Cissie Villa and hold Lucy responsible.
What is the tone of Lucy's response to Charlotte's letter?
Cecil and his mother are pleased that Lucy is changing. They attribute it to the influences of her life in Italy. Characters who change are called dynamic characters. This video explains the difference between dynamic and static characters in a story. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter XII - Twelfth Chapter | A Room With A View
The Emersons' books indicate that they are educated men who read a variety of literature.
What is Mr. Emerson's view towards women?
George and Mr. Beebe debate about whether one's life is controlled by Fate or by coincidence.
How does the water affect George?
How does Mrs. Honeychurch handle the encounter with Freddy, George, and Mr. Beebe?
Chapter XIII - How Miss Bartlett’s Boiler Was So Tiresome | A Room With A View
What observation does Mrs. Honeychurch make about Cecil's effect on Lucy?
Mrs. Honeychurch points out Cecil's rude and snobbish behavior.
How does Lucy avoid answering her mother's question about Charlotte's letter?
Why doesn't Lucy want Charlotte to visit Windy Corner?
Chapter XIV - How Lucy Faced the External Situation Bravely | A Room With A View
Why does Lucy feel strange?
Miss Bartlett insists upon paying the cab driver, but annoys everyone because she does not have the correct change.
Why does Charlotte want to get Lucy alone?
Chapter XV - The Disaster Within | A Room With A View
The narrator uses imagery often in describing scenes. Imagery means to use figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. The video will help you understand the author's use of imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
Mrs. Honeychurch's reference to the horse rather than the carriage emphasizes her lack of sophistication.
Old Mr. Emerson knows the Miss Alans were promised the villa and considers giving it up to them. This shows his
Why does Miss Bartlett act as she does toward old Mr. Emerson?
Cecil's lack of real interest in the Emersons shows his
How do Lucy's views of George and of England begin to change?
Who is the author of Under the Loggia?
How does Mr. Emerson explain views?
What does Miss Lavish describe in chapter two of her book?
Chapter XVI - Lying to George | A Room With A View
Lucy confronts Charlotte about the love scene in Miss Lavish's novel. She realizes that Charlotte has betrayed her confidence.
How does Lucy decide to handle the situation with George?
Why does George think Cecil is not the right man for Lucy?
Watch the scene between George and Lucy in the clip below, which was taken from the film adaptation of the novel. (This annotation contains a video)
What effect do George's words have on Lucy?
Chapter XVII - Lying to Cecil | A Room With A View
What reasons does Lucy give Cecil for breaking their engagement?
What truth does Lucy's explanation force Cecil to face?
Why does Lucy protest so strongly that she is not breaking off her engagement because of another man?
Cecil truly sees himself when Lucy breaks off their engagement. In the interview below, Daniel Day-Lewis, the actor who plays Cecil in the movie version of the novel, gives insight into Cecil's character. (This annotation contains a video)
In the interview, how does Daniel Day-Lewis describe Cecil?
What decision does Lucy make?
Chapter XVIII - Lying to Mr. Beebe, Mrs. Honeychurch, Freddy, and The Servants | A Room With A View
How does Mr. Beebe describe Windy Corner?
Why is Mr. Beebe happy about the broken engagement?
To what promise is Charlotte referring?
How does Lucy respond to the news that the Miss Alans are going to Constantinople?
What is ironic about Miss Bartlett's insistence on secrecy about Lucy's broken engagement?
Why does Mr. Beebe agree to help Lucy go on the trip to Greece?
What does Mr. Beebe appreciate about the family group?
Chapter XIX - Lying to Mr. Emerson | A Room With A View
Lucy does not tell the Miss Alans the truth about her engagement to Cecil. What change in Lucy does this illustrate?
How does Mrs. Honeychurch respond to Lucy's declaration that she will spend more time on her own when she comes into her money?
Mrs. Honeychurch compares Lucy to
Why does Lucy think that the trip to Greece is a waste?
What upsets Mr. Emerson about his wife's death?
Initially, Lucy prides herself on telling the truth. Now, she has become entangled in a web of lies.
Why does Mr. Beebe consider Lucy unworthy of trust?
Chapter XX - The End of the Middle Ages | A Room With A View
In what city are Lucy and George?
Why is Lucy's family upset?
What marvel does George suggest to Lucy?