Therefore, again she claims “mother wouldn’t mind, I’m sure” (13), but has “the sense of larger and unsuspected issues” (13). This difference between orthodoxy and the real self is evidenced in the way Lucy and Miss Bartlett behave in their rooms. While Lucy “opened the window and breathed the clean night air, thinking of the kind old man who had enabled her to see the lights” (13), Miss Bartlett “fastened the window-shutters and locked the door, and then made a tour of the apartment to see…or secret entrances” (13-14).
One can see the rebel in Lucy coming out gradually as she realizes that social norms of behavior are not static everywhere and that it is possible to find beauty even in chaos. It is this courage which makes her venture out to see Florence in the company of Miss Lavish. As Miss Lavish fails to guide Lucy, she loses way and runs into the Emerson family in Santa Croce (18). In the church, Mr. Emerson advises Lucy to stop pretending and talk openly. He openly blames that “you are repeating what you have heard older people say.
You are pretending to be touchy; but you are not really” (22). Admittedly, this call to reality makes considerable influence on her thinking. Though she knows she does not belong to those uncivilized people, she admits “they had cast a spell over her” (23). On one side of her brain, she thinks “her mother might not like her talking to that kind of person (Emerson), and that Charlotte would object most strongly” (26) because he is irreligious and foolish according to her.
The old man seeks her help to bring his son George out of melancholy and she is not offended. She feels pity on George and is not alarmed by the touch of Mr. Emerson. Evidently, she has grown considerably in viewing the world in a different way. This renewed courage is visible in the fact that for the first time, and in an action that can be considered very daring for a woman of that century, Lucy decides to go outside alone, and this venture further strengthens her will power to resist orthodoxy and understand what she really wants.
On that day, she witnesses a murder and collapses. George saves her in his arms. Both of them realize the development of intimacy. By this time, Lucy exhibits enough courage to hide this incident even from Miss Bartlett. However, soon, Lucy and George again meet in violet-filled countryside and George kisses her. However, Miss Bartlett sees the meeting, and soon, she manages to change the mindset of Lucy, claiming that George might resort to gossiping and tarnishing Lucy’s reputation.
ReferencesForster, E. M. A Room with a View. Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University, 2002. Web. 21 April 2014.