Chapters 5-6 Summary

Helen, Margaret, Tibby, and their Aunt Juley attend a classical music concert featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. As they listen to the composition, each has a different response. Helen relates the variations in the symphony to what has recently happened to her at the Wilcox home at Howards End. As Beethoven works through passages between major and minor keys, Helen thinks Beethoven had in mind an encounter between reality and imagination. She sees the Wilcoxes as people who deal with life on a very rational basis. She, in contrast, is one of the imaginative people who sees life differently. The meaning behind Beethoven’s music, Helen concludes, is that the world is not ruled merely by logic.

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