A Room with a View


E. M. Forster

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Miss Lavish Character Analysis

A British woman staying at the Pension Bertolini, who somewhat arrogantly thinks that she is finding the “real” Italy in contrast to naïve tourists. She is also a novelist, and writes a novel under a pen-name that Cecil later reads. In the novel is a romantic scene that is obviously based on George and Lucy’s kiss outside of Florence, and this causes some trouble when Cecil reads this scene aloud to Lucy and George.

Miss Lavish Quotes in A Room with a View

The A Room with a View quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Lavish or refer to Miss Lavish. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of A Room with a View published in 2000.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Buon giorno! Take the word of an old woman, Miss Lucy: you will never repent of a little civility to your inferiors. That is the true democracy. Though I am a real Radical as well. There, now you're shocked.

Related Characters: Miss Lavish (speaker), Lucy Honeychurch
Page Number: 16
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 6 Quotes

At this point Mr. Emerson, whom the shock of stopping had awoke, declared that the lovers must on no account be separated, and patted them on the back to signify his approval. And Miss Lavish, though unwilling to ally him, felt bound to support the cause of Bohemianism.

Related Characters: Mr. Emerson, Miss Lavish
Page Number: 57
Explanation and Analysis:
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Miss Lavish Character Timeline in A Room with a View

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Lavish appears in A Room with a View. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
Society, Manners, and Changing Social Norms Theme Icon
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...The novel is set in Florence, and before long Lucy realizes that it is actually Miss Lavish’s novel, written under a pseudonym. Cecil says that all modern books are bad, and doesn’t... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...Lucy’s aim is “to defeat herself.” She calls for Charlotte, and then tells Charlotte about Miss Lavish’s novel. She asks Charlotte if she told Miss Lavish about the kiss, and Charlotte confesses... (full context)