An elderly spinster, Miss Avery lives next to Howards End and was an old friend of Ruth Wilcox. Like Ruth, she has a mystical, all-knowing air about her that is connected to Howards End. She is slightly nuttier than Ruth, and she frequently goes over to Howards End when the house is empty. When Margaret Schlegel, the new Mrs. Wilcox, temporarily stores her furniture in the empty house, Miss Avery unpacks it all. She believes that Margaret is Ruth’s heir in spirit rather than Ruth’s daughter, Evie, who offended her by returning the valuable necklace Miss Avery gave her for her wedding.
Miss Avery Character Timeline in Howards End
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Avery appears in Howards End. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Schlegels’ furniture is stored at Howards End, which remains empty after the former renter left. Miss Avery will continue to look after the property. Margaret and Henry are married quietly at Margaret’s... (full context)
...from the train to the Averys’ farm to retrieve the keys to Howards End from Miss Avery . She admires the timeless, undisturbed countryside she observes along the way, and is rather... (full context)
...what fond memories it all recalls. Their sisterly love and intimacy is restored. Margaret calls Miss Avery “extraordinary” for pulling it all off and says that the old woman must have loved... (full context)
Helen stays one night longer at the Averys’ farm, over the initial objections of Miss Avery ’s socially-conscious niece. After the police inquest, Helen plans to leave for Germany, where she... (full context)