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by E M Forster
ISBN 1406728713 / 9781406728712 / 1-4067-2871-3
Publisher Hesperides Press
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HOWARDS ENDBY E. M. FORSTERCHAPTER I"ONE may as well begin with Helens letters to her sister,Howards End,Dearest Meg,It isnt going to be what we expected. It is old and little, andaltogether delightful red brick. We can scarcely pack in as it is,and the dear knows what will happen when Paul younger sonarrives tomorrow. From hall you go right or left into diningroomor drawingroom. Hall itself is practically a room. You openanother door in it, and there are the stairs going up in a sort oftunnel to the fast floor. Three bedrooms in a row there, and threeattics in a row above. That isnt all the house really, but it9s allthat one notices nine windows as you look up from the frontgarden.Then there's a very big wychelm to the left as you look upleaning a little over the house, and standing on the boundarybetween the garden and meadow. I quite love that tree already.Also ordinary elms, oaks no nastier than ordinary oaks peartrees, appletrees, and a vine. No silver birches, though. However,I must get on to my host and hostess. I only wanted to show that itisnt the least what we expected. Why did we settle that their housewould be all gables and wiggles, and their garden all gambogecoloured paths? I believe simply because we associate them withexpensive hotels Mrs Wilcox trailing in beautiful dresses downlong corridors, Mr Wilcox bullying porters, etc We fnales arethat unjust.I shall be back Saturday I will let you know train later.They are as angry as I am that you did not come too really Tibbyis too tiresome, he starts a new mortal disease tvery month. Howcould he have got hay fever in London? and even if he could, Useems hard that you should give up a visit to hear a schoolboysneeze. Tell him that Charles Wilcox the son who is here has hayfever too, but ke9s brave and gets quite cross when we inquire afterit. Men like the Wilcoxes would do Tibby a power of good. Butyou wont agree andI'd better change the subject."............. [via]