Monday, January 15, 2007
5. "Where Angels Fear to Tread" ~ E.M. Forster
"Caroline Abbott, along with the widowed Lilia Herriton, falls in love with both Italy and a handsome Italian much younger than herself, and decides to stay. Furious, her dead husband's family send Lilia's brother-in-law and his sister to Italy to prevent a misalliance, but they arrive too late. Lilia marries the Italian and in due course becomes pregnant again. When she dies giving birth to her child, the Herritons consider it both their right and their duty to travel to Monteriano to obtain custody of the infant so that he can be raised as an Englishman."
It's another early novel about status and society. Sure, Lilia is silly, but she is their former sister-in-law, not a ward of the family estate.
1.25 out of 5.0 Big Sticks.