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Shalley 1 Mr. Anselmo English IV 25 January 2005 Analysis of Where Angels Fear To Tread Where Angels Fear To Tread is a tragic comedy describing the consequences of the marriage of Lilia Herriton, an impulsive young widow, to the son of an Italian dentist, Gino Carella, whom she meets while touring in Tuscany, ineffectively chaperoned by the charming, sober Caroline Abott. Lilia's mother-in-law, in suburban Sawston, outraged by news of the engagement, dispatches her young son Philip Herriton, Barrister and Aesthete, to break off the match, but he arrives too late: the couple is already married. Lilia dies shortly afterwards in childbirth, and Philip is once more dispatched, this time accompanied by his sister Harriet, to rescue the baby from imagined disaster. They meet Abbot in Monteriano, and both she and Philip find their intentions waver as they fall under the spell of Italy (there is a description of an enthusiastic Italian audience watching Lucia di Lammermoor. ) and become aware of Gino's strong feelings for and determination to keep his son. Once more they admit defeat, recognizing, and in Miss Abbott's case much moved by, Gino's passion. Without Phillip and Gino’s knowledge Harriet kidnaps the baby, who is accidentally killed when their carriage overturns. Gino, hearing the news, attacks Philip, but the two are reconciled, after a fashion, through Miss Abbott's concern for both. As Philip and Miss Abbott travel back to England, Phillip realizes that he has learned to love Caroline, but she reveals that she loves Gino, and appears to be resigning herself to a spinster's life of good works in Sawston (Forster). Where Angels Fear Tto Tread , E.M. Forster’s first novel, is a buffoon’s story. There is one buffoon, Phillip Herriton; one boor, his sister Harriet; one natural comic Gino Carella, who
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Shalley 2 combines seriousness and laughter. Many people are forced to choose between the three, just as Lilia and Caroline have to make a decision on one of the three about the attitudes they represent.
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