… van het zware thema van de vorige post. Namelijk een citaat uit Howards End.
Het komt uit hoofdstuk vijf, waar de Schlegel-zusjes een jongen willen uitnodigen die het duidelijk niet zo breed heeft. Maar hij gaat er vandoor nog voor ze hem de woonkamer hebben getoond, en hun tante, Mrs. Munt, vindt dat maar best zo.
“I dare say it is all for the best,” opined Mrs. Munt. “We know nothing about the young man, Margaret, and your drawing-room is full of very tempting little things.”
But Helen cried: “Aunt Juley, how can you! You make me more and more ashamed! I´d rather he had been a thief and taken all the apostle spoons that I -well, I must shut the front door, I suppose. One more failure for Helen.”
“Yes, I think the apostle spoons could have gone as rent,” said Margaret. Seeing that her aunt did not understand, she added: “You remember “rent”? It was one of father´s words -rent to the ideal, to his own faith in human nature. You remember how he would trust strangers, and if they fooled him he would say, “It´s better to be fooled than to be suspicious” -that the confidence trick is the work of man, but the want-of-confidence trick is the work of the devil.”
“I remember something of the sort now,” sais Mrs. Munt, rather tartly, for she longed to add: “It was lucky that your father married a wife with money.”
(E.M.Forster, Howards End, p 42)