This could be a vintage Virago cover.
In honor of the last day of Virago Reading Week, I thought I would choose a painting this week that looks like it could be a vintage Virago cover. I think this one fills the bill quite nicely. I don’t think Virago ever has (or will) publish any E. M. Forster titles, but the image image also reminds me of the scene in Forster’s A Room With A View where Lucy Honeychurch is playing piano in the Pension Bertolini in Florence.
It so happened that Lucy, who found daily life rather chaotic, entered a more solid world when she opened the piano. She was then no longer either deferential or patronizing; no longer either a rebel or a slave.
And of course the Reverend Mr. Beebe’s assessment of her playing:
If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very exciting — both for us and for her.
I feel a re-read of this book coming on. But given my TBR Dare, I can’t until after April 1st. Then again I could watch the film for the 400th time.