Cultural Cocktail Hour
Howard’s End or Venice Beach?
No doubt, the re-release of Howard’s End has inspired readers to pick up E.M. Forster’s brilliant novel only to discover amusing gems that never made the film.
In one such scene, protagonist Margaret Schlegel tells her soon-to-be fiancé Henry Wilcox about a place she recently visited where “it’s all proteins and body-building, and people come up to you and beg your pardon, but you have such a beautiful aura.”
Margaret then adds teasingly: “Never heard of an aura? I scrub at mine for hours!”
This dialogue seems more befitting to the juice fanatics and Kombucha-swillers of modern-day Santa Monica or Venice Beach rather than the tea-sipping denizens of Edwardian England.Ah…Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!