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by E. M. Forster

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In Howards End, how for do you think Forster supports Margaret's opinion that the essential basis of social life is economics?

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Margaret makes this assertion in Chapter Seven of this novel to Aunt Juley, and shows through the following quote, a remarkable honesty that recognises the power of privilege and wealth to give people like herself and her sister the opportunity, time and luxury to debate and pursue liberal ideas. Note what she says:

You and I and the Wilcoxes stand upon money as upon islands. It is so firm beneath our feet that we forget its very existence. It's only when we see someone near us tottering that we realize all that an independent income means. Last night, when we were talking up here round the fire, I began to think that...

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