Forster often launches into lyrical descriptions of natural scenery, suggesting that this kind of physical background to the novel’s action may be more than simply background. The outdoors repeatedly evokes a sense of both beauty and freedom. Both times that George
, they are outside, and Forster’s descriptions make it seem as if the natural scenery around them encourages George to act on his feelings. The outdoors is thus associated with freely following one’s feelings, regardless of the restrictions of society. Another example of this is when Freddy
, George, and Mr. Beebe
have a brief, carefree time playing around The Sacred Lake
, an outdoor area that has its own symbolic associations of freedom and innocence.