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Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread by Edward M. Forster
By: (1879-1970)

On a journey to Tuscany with her young friend and traveling companion Caroline Abbott, 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 to Italy to prevent a misalliance, but he arrives 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.

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By E. M. Forster

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They were all at Charing Cross to see Lilia off Philip, Harriet, Irma, Mrs. Herriton herself. Even Mrs. Theobald, squired by Mr. Kingcroft, had braved the journey from Yorkshire to bid her only daughter good bye. Miss Abbott was likewise attended by numerous relatives, and the sight of so many people talking at once and saying such different things caused Lilia to break into ungovernable peals of laughter.

"Quite an ovation," she cried, sprawling out of her first class carriage. "They'll take us for royalty. Oh, Mr. Kingcroft, get us foot warmers."

The good natured young man hurried away, and Philip, taking his place, flooded her with a final stream of advice and injunctions where to stop, how to learn Italian, when to use mosquito nets, what pictures to look at. "Remember," he concluded, "that it is only by going off the track that you get to know the country. See the little towns Gubbio, Pienza, Cortona, San Gemignano, Monteriano. And don't, let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy's only a museum of antiquities and art... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 11, 2016
Subject: Good
The story is interesting and the reader was good. She was very easy to understand and follow.
Reviewer: - March 8, 2016
Subject: Good
The story is interesting and the reader was good. She was very easy to understand and follow.

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