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A metaphor for the value of understated continuity?
on 14 December 2017
It was written a while back but features disputes that continue in different forms today: business/markets Vs ethical being, authenticity Vs lack of self awareness, male presumption and failing Vs female emancipation and equality .. The hand of fate unites one character with the apparent whim of another. Both are women though of different generations and the whim is the gift of property but a property that reflects a continuity of intention and purpose. The narrative requires acceptance of somewhat implausible coincidences, but Forster's prose and the pantheon of his characters entertain and enliven. Someone made a film based on the book, and the BBC recently offered a TV adaptation, but if you have time, try the original.