A Room with a View

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The Miss Alans Character Analysis

Two old spinster sisters staying at the Pension Bertolini in the beginning of the novel. Lucy later invites them to move into a villa nearby Windy Corner, but Cecil ruins this plan by inviting the Emersons to take the villa instead. The Alans are offended, but later agree to take Lucy with them on a trip to Greece (though Lucy never ends up going).
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The Miss Alans Character Timeline in A Room with a View

The timeline below shows where the character The Miss Alans appears in A Room with a View. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...“loved to study maiden ladies,” and “preferred to be interested rather than enthralled” by women. Miss Alan , another guest at the Pension, comes up to Lucy and says that she heard... (full context)
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Miss Alan tells Lucy about how Miss Lavish lost the entirety of a novel she was working... (full context)
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...room after Mr. Emerson’s rude remark, and Miss Lavish had exclaimed, “Tut! The early Victorians.” Miss Alan goes on to describe how Miss Lavish later invited her to go into the smoking-room... (full context)
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Lucy says that she thinks the Emersons are nice people, and Miss Alan tells her that the Emersons shouldn’t spend time with her and “must find their level.”... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Lucy is bored with the conversation she just had with Miss Alan and Mr. Beebe. She desires “something big,” and wants to ride the tram, but decides... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...to some gentlewomen spinsters, and says that she knows two such women from Florence—the Miss Alans. Sir Harry loves this idea. Mrs. Honeychurch says she would rather have men live there... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...while talking to Mr. Beebe. Mr. Beebe says that he has written to the Miss Alans, the spinsters Lucy thought could move into Sir Harry’s villa, and they are going to... (full context)
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...Lucy is annoyed that her own fiancé would ruin her plans to have the Miss Alans move in. (full context)
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...goes inside to see Cecil, and chides him for ruining her plan about the Miss Alans. Cecil describes the Emersons he has met, and says that he ran into them in... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...tells her that he likes his new home, but feels bad for ruining the Miss Alans’ plan to move in there. (full context)
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George doesn’t feel any regret for taking the Miss Alans’ place, and talks about how “there is a certain amount of kindness,” in the world.... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...unaware of what has happened with Lucy and Cecil. Mr. Beebe’s gossip is that the Alans are planning a trip to Greece, and he thinks that Lucy will find this news... (full context)
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...who is just leaving. He notices that Cecil seems kinder than usual. They discuss the Alans, and then Cecil leaves. Freddy tells Mr. Beebe about the broken-off engagement, and Mr. Beebe... (full context)
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...says that he is sure she did the right thing. He tells her about the Alans, and Lucy wishes she could go along with them on the trip. Rather abruptly, she... (full context)
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...Over tea, Mr. Beebe tells Charlotte about Lucy’s desire to go to Greece with the Alans. Charlotte thinks that such a trip would be an excellent idea. She says that it... (full context)
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...to Windy Corner and convince Mrs. Honeychurch to let Lucy go to Greece with the Alans. Mr. Beebe then sees Lucy playing the piano and singing a song that Cecil taught... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Mrs. Honeychurch and Lucy go to visit the Alans in London, in preparation for the Greece trip. The Alans think that Cecil and Lucy... (full context)
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Mrs. Honeychurch is sad that Lucy is leaving Freddy and her for the Alans, and comments that Lucy must be tired of Windy Corner. Not wanting to reveal the... (full context)
Chapter 20
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The story now jumps forward in time. The Alans ended up going to Greece by themselves, touring Athens and Delphi before going to Constantinople.... (full context)